Last week, we reported on Linden Lab (best known for Second Life) acquiring the digital distribution service Desura. In an interview with Gamasutra, CEO Rob Humble explained the reasoning behind the move and what it means for the company’s future.
Humble opened up the interview by stating the goals of Desura now that is in the hands of Linden Labs.
[We want] to make it the most open, developer- and user-friendly distribution service for all kinds of digital goods, starting out with games and mods and going from there.
Humble also explained that it was simply the most reasonable move for the company’s evolution.
For us it’s a natural step.
Steam, the leading digital distribution service for videogames, deserves a little better competition according to Humble and claims that’s what Desura is going to bring to the table.
When the market is so narrow, competitors are a good thing. They will bring different people into the space. The same with digital distribution… It’s certainly not saturated, right, when you have one very significant player dominating a lot of it.
Linden Lab has made two big splashes this year acquiring Bricksworld and now Desura. An according to Humble it might not be done just yet.
We’re always on the look-out for key partners to further our strategy.