The online game marketplace, Desura, has filed for bankruptcy shortly after reports that developers had not been paid for their sales on the platform. The lack of payment for small indie developers has apparently been going on for months, similarly to when Crytek UK were having issues and could not pay their employees.
Desura is owned by Bad Juju Games, the acquisition was only just made in November last year. The original creator of Desura was Linden Lab.
Speaking with Gamasutra, Desura’s head of developer relations, Lisa Morrison, said that the bankruptcy filing came as a surprise: “I’m just shocked right now. Stunned. … I had no idea this was coming.”
Bad Juju CEO, Tony Novak, is currently not commenting on the situation, not even to its own employees: “I asked Tony for confirmation and all he could tell me was, ‘The lawyers have said I can’t say anything or answer any questions yet, but yes it’s true.'”
Desura is still online for the time being, selling on game codes. Right now, it seems to all be up in the air and we may not know what exactly is going on until next week.
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KitGuru Says: While I never used Desura myself, it probably provided some level of income for smaller indie developers. If Desura goes under, then it is possible that there will be developers out-of-pocket, which isn’t a great outcome. Have any of you guys ever used Desura?