Tiny Speck Raises Cash to Build a Massive Online Game

Tiny Speck, which was founded in 2009 by the four original members of Flickr, has raised a second round of capital from Andreessen Horowitz and Accel, totaling $10.7 million. The round precedes next week’s beta launch of the Vancouver, B.C., company’s first game. The browser-based massively multiplayer game, called Glitch, offers a goofy cartoonish underworld that evolves from a speck of dust.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work