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After 2 years of stealth development, the team behind ModDB are proud to introduce Desura, our digital distribution service for games and mods.

Posted by INtense! on Dec 16th, 2009

In case you have been wondering why updates from ModDB staff have been a little slow lately, it is because the team has been busy working on a secret project codenamed Desura. While Desura is far from complete and far from perfect, it is time to stop working in silence and to start inviting select teams and members to the private beta we are launching today.

Desura (like Steam, D2D, Impulse, GamersGate etc) is a digital distribution service for PC gamers. Unlike these platforms however which are just shops with little to no interaction between the community and the content available, we aim to bring the power and openess of ModDB to digital distribution. We hope to achieve this in three ways:

Developer driven

We don't make games ourselves, so we are entirely focused on helping game developers and publishers show off their wares. All tools and functionality provided by Desura to game developers, are provided to empower them to create a better game, and share its features in all their glory with the Desura community. Developers control the flow of news, images, videos and content through their profiles - we don't put up walls and barriers.

Developer functionality

Community run

Every member of the Desura community can post comments, submit reviews and upload screenshots. We are not some mysterious editor in an ivory tower controlling content - it's anybody who can put pen to paper. Our screenshots aren't limited to some airbrushed press releases - they're taken by the gamers who want to make themselves heard.


User made content

There are plenty of great free mods and user made addons out there for games, which few know about and even fewer can install. Being able to customize your games is at the heart of everything Desura does, and we aim to make user made content as accessible as possible. From simple maps through to entire conversions and even whole new games, we hope to put what you want to play at your fingertips.

Mods & DLC

If you would like an invitation to the private beta, please post a comment here. Mod and indie game teams, if you would like to release or sell your game using Desura please contact us to discuss. We hope this is the first step to creating a platform which gives all developers on ModDB the opportunity to release their content to millions of gamers. We have worked damn hard and though a ton of work remains to be done, we hope you are as excited as us by this news. As always, please post your questions and I will endeavor to answer them, as I am sure you have many.

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etoothy Dec 16 2009, 4:35pm says:

This looks amazing and I gotta hand it to you guys, it looks like you guys really know what you're doing!
Question though, excuse me if it has been answered already, how would Desura interact with mod-able games on other digitally distributed programs? Will they be able to interact somehow?

Here's a scenario. I want to play Nazi Dino Mod on Half Life, so I would run Desura, and would the mod run and install automatically? Would it detect the game already?
Would Desura have something related to steam as alt-tab ingame chatting?

I'm excited for this, and I hope it works out really great! Also, please do send a invite over here!!

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INtense! Dec 17 2009, 3:25pm replied:

Desura will work with games you already own, so you are not necessarily locked in.

Also in your example desura will launch steam to play dino d-day, since that is how Steam works. So steam's text interface would be available.

We plan on making API's available which make functionality like this possible.

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DOLBYdigital Dec 16 2009, 4:35pm says:

Wow Moddb.... WOW!!

First big question: is this going to replace the phenomenal website that I have loved since I first laid eyes on it? Seriously has saved me so much time and effort by allowing me to track all these great mods and concepts. I'll admit that sometimes I am tracking too much but I'd rather have it all in one spot than have to go all over to find it. So is this replacing From some of the comments, it seems that will still show all the WIP while the Desura will show all released content?!

God auto updating mods would make me so happy. I loved when Steam starting hosting mods with updates but they just don't have enough of the good ones. I'll admit that I probably won't stop using Steam for commercial games but I play mods around 40% of the time so Desura looks great.

Please send me an invite as I would love to check out everything it has to offer. Especially if it has better integration of groups with events etc (see below)

On a related note:
I just posted a comment on the Modding Social Club group's last post. That group sounded great but never went anywhere. I was wondering if we can setup groups and do events and other things like that with this. I would love to play some of the older great mods that don't have the userbase. If we setup mod events, everyone in the group would know that people are playing a certain mod on a certain day/time and can join. It would be so great!

"Moddb.... we don't build walls or barriers... we knock that sh#t down"

Seriously love you guys right now :)

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INtense! Author
INtense! Dec 17 2009, 3:29pm replied:

ModDB is here to stay, I see ModDB as the development site which showcases all content (like it currently does), while Desura features the released content.

That way we can continue to serve the development community and also provide a way for them to reach the masses once their project is complete.

As for groups / events, community is a big focus of ours so these features are on the cards. Desura already has a number of community driven features that moddb doesn't (i.e. blog browsing / showcasing). However we have a TODO list as long as my arm so unfortunately it will be a few months minimum before we can do things like this. It's planned, but please be patient with us as it will be a while!

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mooswah Dec 16 2009, 4:39pm says:

Looking forward to seeing it. Would love to be part of the beta.

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striker121 Dec 16 2009, 4:39pm says:

I would love an invite. It would be nice to keep track of all those mods I want, perhaps more so even than MODDB itself. Also ducksauce, alot of the smaller indie games that likely WILL be on Desura, won't be on steam. I mean they take indie games, but mostly the larger ones.

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Madawg Dec 16 2009, 4:49pm says:

Nice. I sure would like an invitation...

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NullSoldier Dec 16 2009, 4:52pm says:

I want to beta test RIGHT NOW. Also I want to beta test as a developer of a game. PokeWorld Online needs to utilize this to it's full advantage.

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MasterChopChop Dec 16 2009, 5:00pm says:

Very exciting news, can't wait to see more of it! Logo looks good too :)

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wazanator Dec 16 2009, 5:01pm says:

Sounds great!

Will you guys personally check every mod/map to make sure people aren't uploading something containing illegally used content? (such as a Hl2 mod that has CSS content in it but doesn't require you to own CSS)

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Tyen901 Dec 16 2009, 5:03pm says:

Sign me up for beta testing, this seems like it will be very interesting.

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Archinowsk Dec 16 2009, 5:03pm says:

I would like to test the beta. Sounds awesome!

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half-life Dec 16 2009, 5:05pm says:

so, it's kind of like steam? cool!

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Warlock_23 Dec 16 2009, 5:06pm says:

Wow, sounds like a great idea, can't wait to try it out

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purplehaze412 Dec 16 2009, 5:07pm says:

If I were to be invited, it might make my day, Please send me one. Thanks guys!

This just looks straight awesome, I don't know what to say besides the fact that I love the interface, And the silence from the MODDB staff was well worth it.

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H3llsp4wn Dec 16 2009, 5:07pm says:

Desura = Steam + Openness = AWESOME (?)

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cheesemoo0 Dec 16 2009, 5:12pm says:

Looks very cool. I am very interested in it auto-installing different mods and addons. I don't think I would buy games on it, though.

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R.I.P*Toxin Dec 16 2009, 5:19pm says:

Send me an invite, I'd like to be part of the beta.

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acare84 Dec 16 2009, 5:21pm says:

Looking great. Please sign up me to beta I want to try it and help for development process.

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Ayjona Dec 16 2009, 5:24pm says:

So indie gaming finally has an unified indie distribution platform? Perhaps we can finally shed the last vestiges of that ugly, commercial, boxed hardcopy world, and loose ourselves in this new digital realm of people who make games for fun and passion...

If beta testers be needed, I'm ready to go spending! ;-)

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thbusch Dec 16 2009, 5:24pm says:

could i have an invitation please? ^_^

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bogie Dec 16 2009, 5:34pm says:

Looking good i'd like to try the beta when its ready. Maybe one day this can take on Steam!

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ElHombreSinNombre Dec 16 2009, 5:36pm says:

Wow! Really nice project

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Bird_of_Prey Dec 16 2009, 5:36pm says:

I'd love to beta test. Things will be a little strange for me time wise until the New Year, but after that I should have some time.

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Silverfisk Dec 16 2009, 5:43pm says:

Wow this is so exciting!
Can I have an invite!? :D

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chaosmaster4 Dec 16 2009, 5:44pm says:

Finaly! I was wondering what Desura was ^^
Looks F%&#ing Epic!!

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Amez Dec 16 2009, 5:50pm says:

I'd love to sign up and check it out, seeing as I've tried just about every other online distribution service. So I'd like to critique this one as well.

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MrCupcake Dec 16 2009, 5:53pm says:

I'd love to trial the Private Beta of Desura.

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Aftermatch Dec 16 2009, 5:54pm says:

I would love a invite :P

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fentonalpha Dec 16 2009, 6:01pm says:

This is excellent news.

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MrTambourineMan Dec 16 2009, 6:02pm says:


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Leon_Kilean Dec 16 2009, 6:05pm says:

I hardly ever download mods because its a huge hassle to find anything decent, so this concept rocks. =)

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D3@DM4N Dec 16 2009, 6:08pm says:

it would be it would be great if i could join the beta for this. it looks brillaint.

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twistedgamez Dec 16 2009, 6:09pm says:

I'd love to be invited to the beta to try it out! I love steam! I play heaps of games! Especially HL2 Mods!

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Armageddon104 Dec 16 2009, 6:12pm says:

Awesome I hope I get a beta! :D

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remeth Dec 16 2009, 6:18pm says:

Looks like a very interesting concept that will help out a lot of indie and mod devs. It says in the article that it will give access to addons I was wondering if this meant addons as small as maps and new skins like fpsbanana has or would it only be for larger addons that affect gameplay and such. Also I wounldn't mind a beta key.

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HighOnSinz Dec 16 2009, 6:20pm says:

I'd love to give this a try.

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Aguila. Dec 16 2009, 6:24pm says:

Steam for mods and indie games? HELL YEAH!

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amzans Dec 16 2009, 6:28pm says:

I would love to check out this new site.. finally something more indie-oriented..

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LoudCore Dec 16 2009, 6:32pm says:

Too much want

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LordIheanacho Dec 16 2009, 6:42pm says:

I'd really love to try this out.

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Karuto Dec 16 2009, 6:46pm says:

Sounds pretty amazing, INtense! This might become something truly astounding. I would love to do a short preview for the site I write for, RPGSite, since there are plenty of great RPGs with mods on this site. Please message me if there is any chance I can.

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Bender411 Dec 16 2009, 6:59pm says:

Oh My God!!! This must be awesome when it will be done!

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sajber Dec 16 2009, 7:00pm says:

I would like to sign up too! :D

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Tron619 Dec 16 2009, 7:12pm says:

sounds great,better than CrosuX

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Kyle1212 Dec 16 2009, 7:27pm says:

man this is so awesome!

i wouldn't mind testing this. =3.

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Armageddon104 Dec 16 2009, 7:29pm says:

I like it but please tell me this isn't going to replace moddb! :D

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Pyroninja41 Dec 16 2009, 7:36pm says:

Can I please have a beta invite? PLEASE!?

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Rich_Zap Dec 16 2009, 7:40pm says:


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hakur0 Dec 16 2009, 7:48pm says:

man, I really want to see how this Desura will be soon

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