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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.

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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.

Community

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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NullSoldier
NullSoldier

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
MasterChopChop

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

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wazanator
wazanator

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
Tyen901

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

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Archinowsk
Archinowsk

I would like to test the beta. Sounds awesome!

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half-life
half-life

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

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Warlock_23
Warlock_23

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

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purplehaze412
purplehaze412

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
H3llsp4wn

Desura = Steam + Openness = AWESOME (?)

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cheesemoo0
cheesemoo0

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
R.I.P*Toxin

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

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acare84
acare84

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

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Ayjona
Ayjona

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
thbusch

could i have an invitation please? ^_^

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bogie
bogie

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
ElHombreSinNombre

Wow! Really nice project

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Bird_of_Prey
Bird_of_Prey

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
Silverfisk

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

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chaosmaster4
chaosmaster4

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

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Amez
Amez

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
MrCupcake

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

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Aftermatch
Aftermatch

I would love a invite :P

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fentonalpha
fentonalpha

This is excellent news.

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MrTambourineMan
MrTambourineMan

Shacknewsed! Shacknews.com

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Leon_Kilean
Leon_Kilean

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

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D3@DM4N
D3@DM4N

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

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twistedgamez
twistedgamez

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
Armageddon104

Awesome I hope I get a beta! :D

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remeth
remeth

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
HighOnSinz

I'd love to give this a try.

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Aguila.
Aguila.

Steam for mods and indie games? HELL YEAH!

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amzans
amzans

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

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LoudCore
LoudCore

Too much want

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LordIheanacho
LordIheanacho

I'd really love to try this out.

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Karuto
Karuto

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
Bender411

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

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sajber
sajber

I would like to sign up too! :D

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Tron619
Tron619

sounds great,better than CrosuX

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Kyle1212
Kyle1212

man this is so awesome!

i wouldn't mind testing this. =3.

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Armageddon104
Armageddon104

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

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Pyroninja41
Pyroninja41

Can I please have a beta invite? PLEASE!?

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Rich_Zap
Rich_Zap

Sweet!

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hakur0
hakur0

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

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zck2020
zck2020

Looks nice.

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Orion
Orion

Did the postman screw up and lose my invite? :P

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Trestkon
Trestkon

An interesting development, indeed!

Couple of random questions:

-Do you plan to support developers with anything similar to Steamworks?
-Is the idea that Desura will provide an easy way for people to automatically download/install mods for any game they own (possibly excepting games purchased through Steam and the like)? So essentially you just click "Gimmie that mod!" and it downloads, installs, and then patches?

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INtense! Author
INtense!

Yes and Yes

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sauerfreak
sauerfreak

Kudos on keeping Desura a secret from all of us for two whole years. ;)
Sounds incredible......essentially Steam with the focus put on developers and modding. Which I'm surprised that no one else has done yet, because it's potentially going to be the best digital distribution platform around.

Btw, how'd you come up with the codename Desura?

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INtense! Author
INtense!

Once the dust settles I will go through a post outlining how Desura came to be. We went through 100+ logos and 500+ names to get to what you see there. Was a difficult process because we never all agreed on what we liked. Lucky i'm boss and I get to choose ;)

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