Second Life developer buys 'indie Steam' digital distribution platform

Linden Labs buys Desura

The indie digital distribution platform Desura has been bought by Linden Labs.

The surprise move from the Second Life developer was revealed this morning, and some suggest the acquisition means the studio has bigger plans in the making.

"Desura’s talented team, thriving business and impressive technology are a great fit for Linden Lab," said CEO Rod Humble.

"This acquisition gives us a global platform for serving creative developers of all kinds, and we’re looking forward to growing both Desura’s global community of gamers and its fantastic portfolio of thousands of games, mods, and other content. Our aim is to invest and support the Desura team in making it the most open and developer-friendly platform in the world."

This isn’t the first acquisition from Linden Labs this year. The first was the purchase of the unreleased iPad brick-builder Blocksworld.

Desura is billed by some as an indie answer to Steam, and gives smaller developers a chance to market their games to a different audience.

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