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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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vettefan Dec 19 2009, 11:49am says:

Wow! Sounds like a great way to help players and support developers, to me it sounds like this could get much better than steam even if not as popular. If there are beta keys left, sign me up.

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JayEmmAre Dec 19 2009, 11:56am says:

Wow. This is amazing! Revolutionary. I hope to get a beta pass.

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abraxas. Dec 19 2009, 12:12pm says:

Hopefully will have a release ready for this soon (depending on how far down the track it is, of course)

Would love to beta test if it's still a possibility.

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andy1123 Dec 19 2009, 12:18pm says:

this is soo coool stealth things are always the best ;d

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WelshManDan Dec 19 2009, 12:31pm says:

Sign me up, looks great.

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C47VIN Dec 19 2009, 12:43pm says:

This looks super amazing and could breath a necessary breathe of life into the dying PC gaming community. I hope this succeeds with flying colours and is embraced by everyone, good luck! :D
Also, tracking :D

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jellyman223 Dec 19 2009, 12:57pm says:

Very nice, looking forward to the mod steam!

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prkprkprk Dec 19 2009, 1:01pm says:

Wow! This looks incredible! I can't wait for this thing. It will definitely change the way I get my mods. Hope I can try out the beta, as I would like an invite.

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ElderGamer Dec 19 2009, 1:02pm says:

This is positively epic. I would <3 an invite very much.

I bet this is already spreading by word of keyboard already. I'm showing all my friends this post now.

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Nosslak Dec 19 2009, 1:13pm says:

Wow, this sounds awesome! Could I have an invite so I can check it out?

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Haz0rdus0ne Dec 19 2009, 1:20pm says:

can i get in on the beta i think this looks rly awesome

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cesig Dec 19 2009, 1:27pm says:

I'm intrigued. I'd totally check out the beta when it's available.

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danw13335 Dec 19 2009, 1:35pm says:

This looks like a great companion to retail DDPs. I wouldn't mind getting an invite when it becomes available :)

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Tycoon-Master Dec 19 2009, 2:31pm says:

Man, the site looks amazing from the thumbnails.
I can't wait to take part in the BETA (provided I get a key).

Great work to all who are a part of this. Every time I see the Latest News and the Desura logo, I want to click it to check it out - even though I have done it about 6 times already. :P

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LordIheanacho Dec 19 2009, 3:13pm says:

Can I please have an invitation to the project?

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Camcidgos Dec 19 2009, 3:35pm says:


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LordIheanacho Dec 19 2009, 6:08pm replied:

just did, right above you

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Bjorntju Dec 19 2009, 3:38pm says:

Ooh! Nice :D

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Mellar Dec 19 2009, 3:40pm says:

I would very much appreciate an invite to the beta please. This idea sounds great and since I'm starting to get into the whole game development thing it would be great to see how this works out.

Good work so far and keep it up!

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infl1ct1on Dec 19 2009, 3:41pm says:

This looks so awesome! I may think about releasing my game Grand Heist on Desura if the terms are fine! Can't wait for beta!!

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Pawnstick Dec 19 2009, 6:42pm says:

This looks like the best thing ever to happen to the mod community yet.

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vash12788 Dec 19 2009, 7:41pm says:

We have needed something like this for the moding community for a long time. Can't wait for the full release!

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keasbey Dec 19 2009, 7:49pm says:

I'd like to beta!

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w0dk4 Dec 19 2009, 8:01pm says:

Cool! I'd really like to participate in the beta as well.

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ErrantConstruct Dec 19 2009, 8:12pm says:

Wow, this looks really interesting. It doesn't have the problem that steam does of being owned an operated by potential competitor to other game companies. Looking forward to seeing it in action.

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Bluedrake42 Dec 19 2009, 8:31pm says:

haha omfg I just started a thread about how ******* awesome something like this would be like 3 weeks ago hahaha AWESOME! =D

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Bluedrake42 Dec 19 2009, 8:33pm says:

Ooo give me an invite please! I'd love to test something like this! =D

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Mookae Dec 19 2009, 8:52pm says:

This is interesting...hope you can still give out beta keys :) this is something i cant pass up.

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flyarion Dec 19 2009, 10:26pm says:

Sign me up :)

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Plainclothesman Dec 19 2009, 11:38pm says:

Very promising. Is there any concern about the gradually decreasing support for mods, though? Fewer and fewer modern games are released with development tools. ModDB is one thing, but if one of the main points of attraction for a service like this is the user content it seems a little risky in the long-term.

Great concept, all the same. I've never had much interest in non-Steam digital distributors, but this has piqued my interest. Best of luck.

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raxtor Dec 19 2009, 11:46pm says:

Sweet a platform for mods :D

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TucoBenedicto Dec 20 2009, 12:39am says:

Really interested.

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FirgofUmbra Dec 20 2009, 1:02am says:

Looking forward to it. I hope we can get Star Ruler integrated onto the platform before our launch date! :D

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NessDan Dec 20 2009, 2:04am says:

This looks insane. How would this work out for games that run off Source? I thought only Steam could open those.

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Kosai106 Dec 20 2009, 3:41am says:

Sounds great for sure!

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Cromwell Dec 20 2009, 6:07am says:

Fine, fine, fine... Can't await to see it "live" :)
I am willing to test it :)

Thanks in advance for your hard work!

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Larios Dec 20 2009, 6:33am says:

im in!

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macing Dec 20 2009, 7:13am says:

This is the big impulse the mod community needs!

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beretta Dec 20 2009, 9:46am says:

Looks great.

Be a useful addition to moddb

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di Dec 20 2009, 10:17am says:

Please send an invite, would love to mess around this from a developer's point of view. Thanks!!

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vormaen Dec 20 2009, 10:45am says:

Been wondering when someone was going to take the reigns and make a better program. Kudos to ya!

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Aron1138 Dec 20 2009, 11:38am says:

For the past three years Moddb has been on the list of websites I check everyday. I can't wait to try this new website. May I participate in the beta?

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Ryswick17 Dec 20 2009, 12:56pm says:

Throw an invite my way!

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SirBaron Dec 20 2009, 1:20pm says:

Is this only for finished mods?

I'm highly interested, but not sure it's intended for projects that are WIP as it seems like a delivery platform.

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Worldwideweb Dec 20 2009, 1:25pm says:

wow...finally moddb gets an own service. i really love steam and I'm looking forward to see what moddb did. the screens are looking fantastic.......thx moddb^^


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S_ource Dec 20 2009, 2:47pm says:

Sounds really interesting i would really like to test it and try to give feedback and suggestions.

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the_carrot Dec 20 2009, 2:49pm says:

This, is just what the doctor ordered. An organized presentation, Hopefully a download manager/possibly a launch tool. You could add bios of the people involved in projects...Sign me up.

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Lightzout Dec 20 2009, 3:28pm says:

Wow, this is a fantastic idea. Its the perfect evolutionary leap forward. When I first visited Moddb I incorrectly presumed this site would become another advertising vehicle for the publishers who happily ride on the backs of modder's hard work.

My entire interest in PC gaming came from one specific mod for UT99 and it hasn't changed since then. Sure good games have come and gone over the last 10 years but the games that have stayed with me the longest all have active mod communities. Besides leaving positive feedback and passing the word to friends it was difficult or even impossible to find, install and support mods without going through multiple different providers.

I hope this becomes the Steam for the mod world and just as I was eager to be first in line with Steam I am wholeheartedly optimistic about this may become. In particular, I hope that it will allow users to give developers direct feedback and bug reporting and make paypal contributions to help keep our favorite projects afloat during development periods.

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Sph!nx Dec 20 2009, 4:12pm says:

Wow, this is really cool! I hope that independent games are also supported by it.

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Karriz Dec 20 2009, 4:13pm says:

If possible, i would like to be in beta.

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