It seems like Desura is being wholly acquired yet again, following their previous buyout by Second Life developer Linden Lab.
Now Desura is being acquired by Bad Juju Games, an indie development studio and middleware tool developer. While Bad Juju hasn’t made a name for themselves with a big, standout game, they have provided backend tools to various well known series like Tekken, Call of Duty, and Ace Combat, to name a few.
“From the start, Desura has made great strides to deliver Gamers a viable game publishing service offering a wide selection of games not found on Steam”, commented Tony Novak, President of Bad Juju Games. “Now, our team at Bad Juju is tasked with significantly raising that bar—an effort that we intend to approach while continuing to embrace the DRM-free movement and principles that has made Desura a contender amongst the limited field of digital and PC Games Publishers.”
While the official announcement follows months of planning and coordination from both parties to ensure that Desura’s service is not interrupted, Bad Juju is also looking to offer Desura leaderboards, achievements, cloud storage, player stats and profiles, and its Business Intelligence, which are also fully cross-platform, at no additional cost.
(Thanks for the tip Sakuramboo!)