OpenAI, the artificial intelligence company behind the popular AI tool ChatGPT, launched its GPT Store on Wednesday. This introduction of GPT Store, a marketplace where users can discover and share personalized AI applications, marks a significant step in democratizing AI and extending ChatGPT’s potential beyond its pre-built functionalities.
The GPT Store caters to the growing demand for personalized AI experiences. Since OpenAI introduced the GPT Builder program in November, reportedly over three million custom GPTs have been created – from writing assistants to math tutors to sticker designers. The new store provides a platform for these builders to share their creations and allows users to easily find tools tailored to their specific needs.
The GPT Store not only allows users to discover and utilize these innovative tools but also offers a platform for developers to showcase and potentially profit from their creations. “In Q1 we will launch a GPT builder revenue program. As a first step, US builders will be paid based on user engagement with their GPTs. We’ll provide details on the criteria for payments as we get closer,” the company said in a blog.
OpenAI is taking cautious steps to ensure the quality and safety of GPTs on the store. A new review system and updated reporting channels are in place to safeguard against harmful or inappropriate content. Additionally, the initial rollout is limited to paid ChatGPT Plus and Enterprise users, allowing for controlled introduction and refinement before wider accessibility.
In addition to the GPT Store, OpenAI has also launched ChatGPT Team, a specialized version of ChatGPT designed for corporate use. Priced between $25 to $30 per user per month, this plan caters to teams of all sizes, offering privacy and control over data. Companies can use ChatGPT Team for various applications, ensuring that their data remains private and secure within the company’s domain.
Meanwhile, the GPT Store’s introduction faced delays, originally planned for a November launch, then postponed to December and finally to January. The delay was majorly attributed to a series of leadership shifts at OpenAI last year. Most notably, the company experienced a brief yet significant change in leadership when Sam Altman stepped down as CEO, only to be reinstated shortly thereafter. In a memo cited by Axios in December, OpenAI addressed its developer community, stating, “While we had expected to release (the GPT Store) this month, a few unexpected things have been keeping us busy!”