ModDB announces digital distribution for mods

Written by Joe Martin

December 17, 2009 | 11:05

Tags: #digital-distribution #moddb #online

Companies: #desura #steam

Popular modding site ModDB has announced a new digital distribution service for mods and whole games, dubbed Desura and run by ModDB founder Scott Reismanis.

Desura will host both professionally produced content as well as amateur mods and will apparently be very community-focused, according to the official announcements.

"Unlike ["Steam, D2D, Impulse, GamersGate etc"] 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," reads the official release.

This community interaction will apparently be manifested through user-authored reviews, blogs and screenshot galleries, while developers will be able to issue awards to users. On top of that Desura will feature all the standard digital storefront functionality - auto-patching, for example.

"We aim to make user made content as accessible as possible," said Scott Reismanis, "from simple maps through to entire conversions and even whole new games."

Desura will feature both free and premium content, though strangely Reismanis claims no publishers have been approached to put their games on the platform yet.

Desura is currently in closed beta while the kinks and bugs are all ironed out, with no launch date announced at the moment. Let us know your thoughts in the forums.
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