Desura is a community driven digital distribution service for gamers, putting the best games, mods and downloadable content from developers at gamers fingertips, ready to buy and play.
Comparison with Steam
Desura is primarily important as a plausible source of future growth in a market dominated by Valve Software’s Steam platform. However, Scott Reismanis, the founder of DesuraNET does not consider it a competitor, but rather an attempt to address a different segment of the market.
Content hosted on Desura primarily falls into the category of Indie games, which are games by smaller developers who do not have the same amount of name or clout to negotiate deals with Steam. Desura believes its tighter links to a dedicated community will foster better relationships between player and developer.
Desura is also highly tied to the Mod DB community, as both are run by the same company. Desura therefore highlights content distribution for mods as one of its features, although not all fuctures are available for the Linux client.
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 DesuraNET.
The free software release and development is handled in a manner similar to Google’s Chromium project. The free project, named ‘Desurium‘, was publicly made available on January 21, 2012
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