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Desura was a digital distribution platform for the Microsoft Windows, Linux and OS X platforms The service distributes games and related media online, with a primary focus on small independent game developers rather than larger companies Desura contains automated game updates, community features, and developer resources The client allows users to create and distribute game mods as well

Many independent developers and small companies publish their content on Desura including Frozenbyte, Frictional Games, Introversion Software, Basilisk Games, S2 Games, Linux Game Publishing, RuneSoft, Running With Scissors, Interplay Entertainment, and Double Fine Productions Desura sells many games that were previously included in Humble Bundle initiatives, as well as numerous other commercial titles Desura also provides several freeware and free software games

Originally, the platform was developed by DesuraNET; it was later sold to Linden Lab, and then to Bad Juju Games Bad Juju Games filed for bankruptcy in June 2015

Contents

  • 1 Features
    • 11 Competitors
  • 2 History
    • 21 Linux support
    • 22 Source release
    • 23 Ownership changes
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links

Featuresedit

The Desura client is heavily tied to its website through the use of the Chromium Embedded Framework Most of its services are provided through its online interface, with the exception of the game launcher, installer, and update features This means that the Desura interface remains consistent across multiple platforms

The interface itself offers various selections based on what feature a user may want to access, with installed games being offered through the "Play" tab, games available for download or purchase being offered through the "Games" tab, user interaction and social networking features from the "Community" tab, information and features for game developers through the "Development" tab, and technical support and client settings through the "Support" tab1

Desura does not implement digital rights management, and Desura employees have commented against its use in the past, recommending that content creators ship without DRM or use a CD Key system instead However, Desura itself is DRM-neutral, and publishers and developers can sell games that require such technologies to be used Desura makes sure users purchasing these titles are aware of the DRM it ships with and how it works2

Competitorsedit

Desura competes in the same market as Valve Corporation's Steam platform However, Scott Reismanis, the founder of DesuraNET, did not consider it a competitor, but rather an attempt to address a different segment of the market3

Desura primarily hosts indie games, which are games by smaller developers who do not have enough popularity or power to negotiate deals with Steam Desura believes that its tighter links to a dedicated community will foster better relationships between players and developers4

Desura used to be tied to the Mod DB community, as both were run by the same company Desura therefore highlighted content distribution for mods as one of its features

Historyedit

Desura was initially developed in secret by DesuraNET for many years The project was first publicly announced on December 16, 20095 Near its launch, it publicized itself by offering free keys for games to augment the purchases of the same games made through Humble Indie Bundle #26 The Desura Windows client was released to the public on December 18, 20107 On July 10, 2013, Desura was bought by Linden Lab8

Linux supportedit

Development on a Linux client was announced during the Summer of 2011,9 utilizing wxWidgets and GTK+ as the toolkit, and was introduced as a limited beta program in the Fall10 The client was publicly available for download and execution, but users could not log into the online service unless they were a selected beta tester11 On November 16, 2011 the Desura Linux client was publicly released with an initial offering of over 65 games1213

Although Desura was not the only game distribution platform available for Linux, predated by several traditional online sellers such as Tux Games, Gameolith and Wupra, as well as many Linux distributions distributing games through their package management systems, Desura was the first and most prominent purely digital Linux game distributor with a dedicated client delivery application The Ubuntu Software Center began selling commercial software packages just prior to the Linux Desura client release, but was not specialized for games, offering a substantially smaller catalog14 However, the account login feature is only available to some testers, as of November the 10th, 20111

Source releaseedit

On November 9, 2011 it was announced that Desura would be made partially free software in order to facilitate its further development The client itself would be released under the GNU General Public License, while the server-side portion of the distribution platform would remain proprietary The media assets and trademarks would also remain property of DesuraNET15 The free software release and development is handled in a manner similar to Google's Chromium project16 The free project, named "Desurium", was publicly made available on January 21, 201217

Ownership changesedit

On July 10, 2013, Linden Lab announced that they had acquired Desura18 The service would continue uninterrupted for current customers and the team and technology become a part of Linden Lab After acquiring Desura, Linden Lab changed their Terms of Service to include the wording that they have future rights to use and adapt content from their virtual citizens Speculation exists as to whether the acquisition of Desura is tied to this change in the termscitation needed

It was announced on November 5, 2014 that Linden Lab had sold the Desura service to Bad Juju Games1920 Bad Juju later filed for bankruptcy in June 20152122 The Desura service went offline on March 19, 2016, but came back on March 2923 Desura went offline again September 2016, and has remained disconnected

As of October 28, 2016, the desuracom home page shows the following message: "OnePlay has recently bought the Desura and Royale assets from Bad Juju We are working hard behind the scenes to relaunch your favorite indie gaming platform" The change in ownership news is dated October 21, 2016

Referencesedit

  1. ^ a b "cheese talks to himself - Desura Beta" twolofbeescom 2011-10-11 Retrieved 2011-11-07 
  2. ^ Dawe, Liam 2011-10-03 "Interview with Keith Poole from Desura Part 2" GamingOnLinux Retrieved 2013-05-13 
  3. ^ McElroy, Justin \ March 9, 2010 "ModDB presents Desura: an indie take on digital distribution" Joystiq Retrieved March 18, 2011 
  4. ^ Denby, Lewis March 8, 2010 "Desura: ModDB Takes On Steam" Rock Paper Shotgun Ltd Retrieved March 18, 2011 
  5. ^ "Desura Interview" The Reticule 2009-12-24 Retrieved 2011-12-30 
  6. ^ Ransom-Wiley, James 2010-12-20 "Humble Bundle 2 adds Steam & Desura support, revenues top $117M" Joystiq Retrieved 2011-12-30 
  7. ^ Gibson, Geoff 2010-12-18 "Desura, the Indie Digital Distribution Site, is Now Open" DIYGamer Retrieved 2011-12-30 
  8. ^ liamdawe July 10, 2013 "Linden Lab Makers Of Second Life Buys Out Desura" GamingOnLinux Retrieved April 12, 2014 
  9. ^ "Desura Linux Development - We have UI!" June 9, 2011 
  10. ^ "Desura Linux - Beta launch" September 15, 2011 
  11. ^ Larabel, Michael 2011-09-21 "Desura Game Platform Goes Into Beta On Linux" Phoronix Retrieved 2011-11-07 
  12. ^ Larabel, Michael 2011-11-17 "Desura's Public Linux Client Is Here With 65+ Games" Phoronix Retrieved 2011-11-07  Desurium on GitHub
  13. ^ Dean, Colin 2011-11-18 "Digital game distribution company Desura releases Linux client" THINKCOMPUTERS Retrieved 2011-12-30 
  14. ^ Zinoune, M 2011-11-27 "Will it be Desura's Linux client Vs USC" Unixmen Retrieved 2012-07-02 
  15. ^ Larabel, Michael 2011-11-10 "Desura Game Client Is Looking To Go Open-Source" Phoronix Retrieved 2011-11-12 
  16. ^ "Desura games now also for Linux" The H 2011-11-18 Retrieved 2011-12-30 
  17. ^ Larabel, Michael 2012-01-21 "Desura Game Client Is Now Open-Source" Phoronix Retrieved 2012-01-21 
  18. ^ "Linden Lab Acquires Desura" Press release Linden Lab July 10, 2013 Retrieved April 12, 2014 
  19. ^ "Bad Juju Games Acquires Desura from Linden Lab" Press release November 5, 2014 Retrieved November 5, 2014 
  20. ^ "Bad Juju Games Acquires Desura from Linden Lab" Press release November 5, 2014 Retrieved November 5, 2014 
  21. ^ http://wwwpolygoncom/2015/6/5/8736595/desuras-parent-company-files-for-bankruptcy-ceo-remains-silent
  22. ^ http://wwwgamasutracom/view/news/245334/Desuras_parent_company_has_filed_for_bankruptcyphp
  23. ^ Desura Is Now Back Up After Being Unavailable For Over A Week

External linksedit

  • Video games portal
  • Official website
  • Desurium on GitHub

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