Posted by: vivatymarkh | March 31, 2010

Vivaty Shutdown (Party)

As one who has spent years making Vivaty a reality and then trying to make it a success, it pains me to announce that as of Friday the 16th of April, Vivaty.com will completely shut down. I apologize to our loyal users that this must be so. Vivaty.com is a rather expensive site to run, much more than a regular web site, and Vivaty the company has been running out of money for some time. Our business model was to earn money through Vivabux sales, but that has never come close to covering our costs. We tried for months to find a bigger partner that would support the site, but that didn’t work out.

That gives about 2 weeks for our creative users to take snapshots and videos of their awesomely decorated scenes — once things shut down, the 3D content will be gone. Also, we understand  that some of you have recently bought Vivabux on the assumption that Vivaty.com would be around for some time, so we are going to issue refunds for Paypal purchases made since February 1, 2010.  I’m sorry we can’t refund any transactions through Gambit offers, including cell phone purchases.

Some of us would like to have ONE LAST PARTY inside the full Vivaty scenes.  I invite all of our loyal users, including remaining and former employees, to join us 3-5pm Pacific (Daylight) Time on Thursday the 15th.  It should be obvious from the Launchpad which scene(s) we are in. (Please don’t come to complain, nobody there will be able to change anything about the Shutdown.) Hope to see you then to say farewell to each other and all that Vivaty tried to be!

Jay Weber
Co-founder and Chief Technical Officer

Posted by: vivatymarkh | December 23, 2009

Happy Holidays from Vivaty!

As the year draws from a close, two important things to share with y’all.

First off, we’ve released a ton of new features and enhancements to Vivaty Lite over the last month or so:


Badges and Unlockable Content

Now, you can earn badges for completing a variety of activities in Vivaty. Whether you’re a loyal visitor, a fashionista, or a big gift-giver, you can show off each level of the badge you’ve earned through those activities. There’s a slew of different things you can do to earn these special badges. Additionally, earning badges also earns you special content, such as unique clothing, access to new scenes, and soon, new animations, dance moves, and moods.

Improved Leaderboards

We launched the next phase of our Leaderboards, which show how you stack up against your friends at the bottom of your scene. You can see how many stars they’ve earned, and also give them a gift or chat with them if they’re available right then, too.

More Facebook Integration

As you earn more content, receive gifts, and unlock content, you can now post this news to your friends in Facebook, and invite them in to join you in your scene to chat, too. Additionally, you’ll find more Facebook links within Vivaty so it’s easy to learn more about the people you meet. It also makes it easier for you to invite your Facebook friends to hang out with you.

Streamlined Interface

We’ve also made quite a few improvements to the user interface to give you more space to move around your scene, and to make it a little easier to stay up to speed with what’s going on all around you. There are more improvements here coming in the next few weeks, too.

The last thing to call out is a big thank you to everyone in the Vivaty community who helped make 2009 such a great year. We’re especially proud of the Vivaty Lite experience that we launched just recently, and how the community has helped shape the product for us, allowing us to release so many new features and enhancements to it to make it a fun place for everyone! Keep sending us your ideas, and we’ll look forward to celebrating the new year with you!

Thanks,

Mark Hull
VP Product Management

Posted by: vivatymarkh | November 14, 2009

New Lites: Matchmaker, Gifts, Leaderboards

Few recently launched features in Vivaty Lite to share with you:

Gifts

These are new free gifts that are available for you to give to the people you meet. Some of these are collector’s items, and some of them are available for a limited time, so grab them while you can! Which one you get is at random, so come back each day to see what’s new! Soon, we’ll be providing cooler gifts for more loyal users!

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Leaderboards

Our Leaderboards in Vivaty Lite now show how you stack up against your friends, and the overall Vivaty Lite community. Good news is that they’re reset every week (although we keep track of your lifetime points), so if you’re on vacation one week, you can still rise to the top of the charts next week. We’ll soon provide prizes for our top leaders, so keep an eye on how you’re doing! (clearly, i need to work a little harder to keep up with our best users!)

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Matchmaker

You can click on the “Match Me” button in the lower right of the scene to find a bunch of people online to go hang out with and meet. We’ll share basic information to help you search and find the right person. We’ll soon provide more criteria and interests for you to search on, too.

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You can learn more about all these features at http://help.vivaty.com/Help-Index

Posted by: vivatymarkh | November 10, 2009

Vivaty launches social gaming platform

Hi Everyone,

Today, Vivaty announced the launch of its Social Gaming Platform with On-Demand Web Services. Additionally, we’ve formally announced the deployment of the Flash version of the Vivaty experience, which has been in alpha the last few weeks.

This is an important evolution for the company. For the last two years, we’ve built the core pieces of our web services and gaming platform. We’ve built and iterated upon a variety of services, such as virtual economy management, content management, points and leveling, social features (e.g., badging, gifting, emoting), chat and friends lists, social network integration, analytics and many more.

We’ve demonstrated we can provide these services in a very scalable and cost-effective way. Additionally, we’ve deployed them in several channels (e.g., Facebook, AIM and our own site) as well on several platforms (e.g., Flash, and also our own Vivaty player plug-in).

While our own versions of the service continue to evolve (as you’ll see more of these features making their latest appearance in our Flash experience in the coming days), we’re also focusing on providing this platform to a wide range of gaming and content partners. Simply put, we make it easy for those partners and developers to focus on creating a compelling social-gaming user experience by leveraging our services platform for faster, cheaper and better overall deployment.

This timing is perfect as the social-gaming industry continues to heat up, and as more of these developers shift their focus to building larger and more graphically rich experiences. We believe Vivaty provides the most visually rich 3D Flash experience available today, and combined with our web services (which can be implemented on any type of interactive social content), provides a lot of exciting territory for developers to explore – far beyond the 2D or 2.5D versions of social gaming today.

For all the members of the Vivaty community, this means only great news for you as you’ll continue to see great new content and features frequently launch in the future, as you’ve been seeing throughout our company’s existence. Both our player-based and Flash-based 3D experiences will continue to grow – and we will continue to introduce features that you’ve requested to make an even more exciting experience. Thanks again for your continued loyalty, support and feedback. You’re the reason why Vivaty is such a popular and compelling social destination.

We’ll continue to have more announcements in the coming weeks and months, so stay tuned. Please send along any feedback or ideas you have.

Keith McCurdy
CEO and Co-Founder
Vivaty, Inc.

Posted by: vivatymarkh | October 20, 2009

Trick or treat!

No tricks here, the store is full of treats for your Halloween party plans.  Have fun finding your essential components to become a snow leopard, a winged devil or angel (or mix it up and rock the horns + halo combination), a vampy Victorian beauty, or something else of your imagination!  Put the finishing touches with web-tipped fingernails, fangs, and a pink furry nose. There are sure to be plenty of Halloween parties going on for you to strut your stuff at.

In fact, if you want to throw your own Halloween monster mash, deck out your scene with props that are sure to be a hit with everyone, dead or alive.  Illuminate your space with skull candles, candelabras held by mysterious arms, and jack ‘o lanterns.  A gorgeous tower of  festive Halloween cupcakes is perfect for your guests’ refreshment.  When people want to take a break from dancing, they can recline on velvet and gothic seats and converse intimately while you oversee the festivities from your luxurious Dr. Evil chair.  The name is well-deserved; buy one and find out why!

And lastly, in the shadows, the most popular resting place for vampires will sure to be the ornate, wooden coffin.  If you see one, peek inside…  if you dare!

Thanks!

Laurie Leong


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Posted by: vivaty | October 5, 2009

Tattoos and more in the new shop!

Shopping with your Vivaty points (VP) and Vivabux (V$ ) has just gotten even easier, thanks to our new one-stop orange “Shop” button on the launchpad.

When you click on the “Shop” button, you’ll be brought to a shop tab where you can browse through clothing and scene decorations.  If you’re looking for something in particular, try the search feature to display by item type and, in the case of clothing, by gender. Select your criteria and click on the magnifying glass button.


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You won’t be able to try on clothing of the opposite gender, but it’s a simple way to find that perfect clothing or accessory to gift to your special someone. :) Show your sweetie how much you treasure her by buying her a sparkly tiara – our first piece of jewelry! And for him, we now offer facial piercings!

As you browse through the store, you’ll notice that there are some new, edgier hairstyles, sexy tattoos for the females, some fun cakes for your special event celebrations, and more.  Enjoy the new variety, and be sure to check back frequently as we’ll be adding lots of new clothing, hair, and bling items in the coming weeks!

Stay tuned!

Laurie Leong
Vivaty

Posted by: vivatymarkh | September 22, 2009

Vivaty in Flash (Sneak Preview)

We know a lot of you want to experience Vivaty, but are on Macs, or maybe don’t want to install any plug-ins. We heard you! Today, we’ve launched an early PREVIEW edition of Vivaty that works in Flash. You get the 3D Vivaty experience, but without any unique installs (since nearly everyone already has Flash installed).

If you’re not already a Vivaty user, you can preview the lightweight version of Vivaty here: http://www.vivaty.com/lite

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This is an early version of our experience. There are a lot of cool additions coming to the experience in the coming weeks, but we wanted to get this to customers as early as possible to begin getting feedback, and helping us refine the experience. So pardon our dust, as it’ll be a little bit rough, but thanks in advance for all your helpful suggestions and feedback. You can share feedback in our forum, or also email it to us directly there, too.

While it’s early, we think this version of Vivaty is a great way to get introduced to the Vivaty community and the overall experience. It’s very easy to upgrade your experience at any time so you can go party with groups of people, customize your own scene, and fill your closet with the latest hot fashions.

There are a few more technical challenges to conquer, so we’ve limited this experience initially to be more focused on 1-on-1 chat, providing a narrower set of clothes and customizations. Those will increase over time, but this will help us deliver a better initial experience. For those technical folks in the audience, you’ll know it’s no small feat to get full 3D experience into Flash, without any other plug-in or software, and we’re doing everything we can to make sure the technology doesn’t get in the way of having a fun, social experience in 3D.

You can learn more about this preview version of Vivaty in our FAQ. Stay tuned for lots of additional news and features.

Thanks!

Mark Hull
VP Product Management

Posted by: vivatymarkh | September 2, 2009

Quick Access to Latest Fashions

launchpadWe’re frequently adding new clothes and furniture to Vivaty. Now, when you login to Vivaty each day, we’ll show you some of the latest fashions that were recently added. We’ll automatically sort it to show you the relevant clothes for your gender when you login, too.

You can always try on anything you want and see how it looks on you before you decide to buy them, too!

Lots of cool new fashion debuting all the time, so make sure to check back often!

Thanks,

Mark

Posted by: vivatymarkh | August 28, 2009

Getting VivaBux Gets Easier – Pay By Phone

Now you can use your phone to buy VivaBux if you don’t have a credit card! Thanks to Gambit and Zong, you can easily enter your mobile phone number and add VivaBux to your account (Click on Earn VivaBux for the phone options). The charge will go on your wireless bill, and works with Alltel, AT&T, Boost, Cellular One, Nextel, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and Virgin. Additionally, you can also use your Amazon account now to purchase VivaBux. And if those options aren’t good for you, you can always earn VivaBux for free by completing some surveys or offers.

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Thanks to everyone who asked us for the ability to buy VivaBux with your phone. We heard you and delivered a solution fast! Share your ideas and requests in our forum!

We’re pushing out a bunch of cool new clothes right now, so get your VivaBux ready!

Thanks,

Mark Hull
VP Product Management

Posted by: vivatymarkh | August 27, 2009

Earn VivaBux for Free!

It’s been a whirlwind since launching VivaBux 10 days ago. Since then, we’ve had 5 more feature releases and improvements, including some great new fashions and animations and dance moves for your avatars.

There are so many cool clothes, we wanted to make it even easier for you to get the VivaBux you need to buy those exclusive items. Now, you can earn VivaBux for free by taking surveys and trying out special offers presented by Gambit. There is a wide variety of surveys/offers you can try out that will help you earn just a few VivaBux on up to several thousand free VivaBux. This is also a great way to get VivaBux in the case that you don’t have a credit card or PayPal account.

Click on “Earn VivaBux” on the VivaBux purchase page to get started.

We’re very interested in hearing your feedback on this exciting new option. Check it out, and contact us at help at vivaty.com if you have some feedback!

Thanks,

Mark Hull
VP Product Management

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