Desura, and sister company Indie Royale, may be calling it quits as their parent company Bad Juju has filed bankruptcy.
Desura is a digital distribution platform, similar to the likes of Steam
Most of the games listed on Desura can be found DRM-free, although they are actually DRM neutral and so are willing to sell Steam keys if pushed. Despite having a history where Desura had acquired a small library of key indie developers, including the likes of Double Fine and Frozenbyte.
Indie Royale was their answer to Humble Bundle, and often offered you the chance to buy bundles as well as individual games for cheap.
Desura has been having troubles paying developers since two weeks ago, these issues may be traceable as far back as November 2014.
Linden Lab, the startup that owns Second Life, purchased the service in 2013, and given the size and profitability of Linden Lab, this was seen as a good sign for the company. The subsequent sale to Bad Juju, then, could have been an early sign the company’s affairs were not in order.
Following growing complaints from developers that they were unpaid by Desura for an extended period of time, they had explained that Bad Juju’s CEO Tony Novak, who solely handled payments, was hospitalized and could not process this business in the interim. Desura also admitted to other issues that sprung up since the acquisition, along with a recent office relocation.
Now, reported know from IndieRoyale employee Grame Boxall that the company’s future, as well as his job, really in question for this whole time. Finally, he pointed out that you can Google Bad Juju’s filing for bankruptcy.
If you Google, Bad Juju bankruptcy, you find some very unfortunate news.
— Graeme Boxall (@uncomplex) June 5, 2015
Experts in the field are suggesting that you remove your games from Desura before the rights to distribute your game is transferred to another business.
References From Gameranx