Linden Lab has sold the Desura game distribution platform purchased during Rod Humble's tenure as CEO of the company, and this company T-shirt is a good way of explaining why:
The statement on the shirt came up during an all-hands company meeting held shortly after Ebbe Altberg became Linden Lab's new CEO, and it's a salty (and wearable!) way of saying this:
Transitioning Desura to a new owner is great for Linden Lab and our customers, as it allows us to further enhance our focus on creating the ambitious next-generation virtual world, while continuing to improve Second Life and growing Blocksworld.
And yes, it's an official company shirt (though I'm guessing they might not wear it in public, but then maybe so). "The next time you're in SF," company spokesperson Pete Linden tells me, "you might spot some Lindens sporting them in person too."
Seems like a good way of focusing on the company's core business. (But then again, if Desura was extremely profitable for Linden Lab, they'd probably still be holding onto it.) We did see a lot of potential to grow Desura, for as Iris argued last year:
Desura is Steam for indie games. That's not an oversimplification or a way for me to kind of explain it in terms most people can understand... That's just what it is. Steam has been around longer than Desura and deals with bigger titles and studios so it's not fair to compare them in terms of their scale and reach, but if you're big on indie games you're probably big on Desura too... Getting the right degree of attention at the right time on Greenlight isn't easy, and tons of good games just don't make the cut. Even so, Greenlight has been one more way to increase the visibility of indie games, making services like Desura that offer them in abundance even more valuable and in-demand. Their other main digital distribution competitor, Origin, only offers EA titles, so it's not a valid option for a growing number of players. It's also worth taking into account that Desura's DRM-free stance, significant modding community, and use in conjunction with Humble Bundles and similar events have made it something of a darling among a subset of PC gamers. With all that in mind, Desura is nothing to sneeze at.
Then again, neither is building a whole new, VR-compatitble virtual world.
Thanks to the Linden insider who shared their "we're the shit" shirt with me!
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