Another virtual world to lambast

Multiverse, a Mountain View-based online virtual world play, has received $4.175 million in Series A funding led by Sterling Stamos Capital Management and including several prominent angel investors valuing them, post-money, at $10.5 million. Although similar to Linden Lab's Second Life in supporting in-world commerce, Multiverse is more focused on gaming. Their business model also involves the syndication of distinct MMORPGs using their tools and taking an upfront payment or a slice of individual developers' revenue (if there are any). But they're also dependent on a client download. They've received their funding, boast they have more than 10,000 development teams working on more than 150 distinct worlds, and have a more attractive business model, but we still feel the same way about virtual worlds. Unfortunately, the investors aren't listening.