Stewart Butterfield, the co-founder of Flickr is now working on an online video game company Tiny Speck. Before building and selling Flickr to Yahoo!, Butterfield originally wanted to create an online video gaming company.
He failed to attract investors back then so he backed out of the idea. Tiny Speck’s first game Glitch is currently being tested with 5,000 users. Glitch is a massively multiplayer game that lets a lot of people play at once. Glitch is a fantasy world with avatars and characters that is inspired by wood block illustrations according to the NYT. The illustrations include giants, chickens, and underground mines.
Stewart lives in Vancouver and founded Flickr in 2004 with his former wife Caterina Fake. They had the photo sharing idea after they couldn’t finance their online game. Butterfield started Tiny Speck with 3 other Flickr employees.
Andreessen Horowitz, Accel Partners, and other angel investors invested $6.5 million in Tiny Speck. Glitch is going to be a free game and they plan to make money by selling virtual goods.
[New York Times]