Linden Lab, developer of the 3D virtual world Second Life
, announced today
that it has acquired the indie-focused PC game distribution service Desura
Desura, notable for offering a publishing platform with a lower barrier for entry than its competitor Steam, is a DRM-agnostic service employed by the Humble Indie Bundle and Indie Royale, among other organizations. The service was created
by the PC modding hub Mod DB, and currently serves as a high-profile distributor of user-created PC game mods.
The Desura purchase is Linden Lab's second major acquisition this year, following up on the company's recent purchase of Blocksworld
, an upcoming iPad game.
"Desura's talented team, thriving business, and impressive technology are a great fit for Linden Lab," said Linden Lab's CEO Rod Humble. "Our aim is to invest and support the Desura team in making it the most open and developer-friendly platform in the world."