Take a look at what Desura can offer developers
Release your game to a network of customers from around the world.Content Control
Start a dialog with the community via regular updates and insights.Sales Control
Manage your games price and availability pre and post release.Pre-release Promotion
Build large audience awareness of your game before it's even released.Realtime Reporting
Up to date information and analytics at your fingertips.Mods & DLC
Update your games with mods and downloadable content.
Keep your games and mods up to date with automatic patching.Alphafunding
Fund your games development by selling early alpha access.Accolades & Community
Issue accolades to your players via your game & community interaction.Beta Testing
Allow a select group of users to test your games before they go gold.Tools & Tutorials
Encourage user-made mods by publishing your tools and tutorials.Contact Us
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Release your game, mod or downloadable content on Desura and you release it to thousands of gamers from around the world. Our aim is to provide the best digital download platform for our community of gamers and to connect them with your content.
Focus on making a great game while Desura enables you to reach a new audience, increases your sales and allows you to track and respond to sale trends and customers in realtime via the many features Desura provides.
Desura is an open site, you control the content shown in all game, mod, engine, company and group profiles you manage (which are listed below). We encourage you to share images, videos, news, events and other content frequently for maximum exposure throughout Desura and to your followers. Starting a dialog with the community through regular updates and behind-the-scenes insight is a powerful and free tool available to you to promote your content and grow your fan base.
Please note. games, mods, engines and companies you represent may already be listed on ModDB, IndieDB or SlideDB (our affiliate game development sites which syndicates all of Desura's content including unreleased titles). If this is the case you can contact us and request control of these profiles.
Control your games price and when it is available on a per-region basis. Offer those who pre-order a discount to maximize your sales from day one. Post-release promotions and incentives can be setup and run to ensure a strong sales lifecycle. Opportunities available include:
- Benefit from in-house patches and updates by running sales when downloadable content and new features are released
- Benefit from user-created content by running sales when community made mods and addons are released
- Run free weekends and demos to give people a taste and opportunity to purchase your game
- Package up collections of games and offer at a discounted price
- Sales to mark anniversary's and milestones
Want all of your customers to be able to use Desura to update their game no matter where they purchased (retail, direct, other digital distribution)? Add their serial number to Desura or give them an activation key and your game will be added to their collection.
You can add your game, mod or downloadable content to Desura at any stage during its development and immediately begin building a fan base. Only content near release will be shown on Desura and available to pre-order, content still in the early stages of development will be shown on our affiliate sites ModDB, IndieDB and SlideDB.
ModDB, IndieDB and SlideDB are the largest game development sites in the world with millions of visitors monthly. All news, images, videos and content you contribute to Desura will be syndicated and shown to the ModDB and IndieDB communities, so you can begin receiving feedback and generating interest long before your game is due to ship. Once your game is near release, the transition from ModDB, IndieDB or SlideDB to Desura is seamless with all of the followers and customers established on ModDB and IndieDB made aware that your game is now available for purchase and download.
View live sales data the moment your game is available to pre-order. Analyze the data by region and date, so you can respond to trends and make informed marketing decisions when and where they need to be made.
See the immediate response to discounts, news, videos, images and other events run to determine which promotions are the most effective at driving interest and consequent sales. Compare your visitor and video view counts with sales data to determine your conversion rate on Desura, and tweak the information you present to maximize sales.
Game developers, does your title support user-made mods and downloadable content? Using Desura, you can sell or provide this content for free to your customers, greatly increasing your games replayability, lifecycle and sales. Desura makes digital distribution easy and opens the door to new business opportunities that benefit you, 3rd party developers and your customers. Contact us if you are interested in integrating Desura digital distribution into your game.
Mod developers, are you developing for a game supported by Desura? If yes you can publish it on Desura, otherwise we recommend you maintain a profile on our affiliate site ModDB and contact us about supporting the game your content is built for.
Using Desura, you can update the game your customers are playing at any time and be confident they are all running the latest version. With the instant availability of enhancements and patches, you can address support issues immediately and continually roll out new features leaving pirates in the dust with their old unsupported versions.
Reward your customers by reacting to their feedback in realtime, and provide a great gameplay experience.
The idea behind alphafunding is simple, fans get instant access to their favorite games with the understanding that the game might be buggy and isn't complete - but frequent updates will add polish over time. The developers can then fund the games continued creation, giving supporters early access to the latest and greatest content.
It is essentially crowdfunding (like Kickstarter, Indie Go Go, GamesPlant or 8 bit funding) only with instant rewards for players and developers filling the void between the idea and the pre-order / release phase. Digital distribution is an amazing medium for getting access to content early, so while alphafunding isn't for every game, why wait till release to fund your game, when you have fans wanting to support you every step of the way? It is a model which has worked extremely well for Minecraft, Overgrowth, Natural Selection 2 and others, who have benefited from their fans support from the very beginning. Head to our announcement post for more information.
Give your customers incentive to play by tapping into Desura's accolades/achievements API. Each time a player checks off an accolade their friends and community will be notified. Your game will take center stage as the Desura community compares accolades earned, talks about your game and challenges one another to do better.
Because our API is exposed using XML web services, you can present this information in-game, on your website, in email blasts, in gamercard widgets and elsewhere. Contact us to discuss the possibilities.
Using Desura, your customers can opt into a secure beta testing program. You can then give as few or many participants as you want (your choice) early access to your release and updates, so you can seek feedback from real gamers across the globe with different hardware.
Ship a better product from day one, by tapping into the wisdom of many.
While Desura is first and foremost a digital distribution platform which aims to connect players with the best games, we also encourage user-made mods and downloadable content, via our affiliate site ModDB.
ModDB is the largest game development site in the world with millions of visitors monthly. All tutorials, SDKs, other tools and information you contribute to Desura will be syndicated and shown to the ModDB community. By tapping into your customers creativity, mods and downloadable content made on ModDB can be published on Desura, driving new sales and building brand loyalty by providing new and exciting game concepts for your players to explore.
Exposure to the best
By encouraging modding, as well as growing your customer base you also create a community of developers who know your game. This provides you with a rich recruiting ground for future expansions and new titles. Why recruit a beginner to game design when you can recruit a modder. Someone who has worked with your engine and the tools you use to build your games. Use our job board to hire experienced developers who understand the challenges you face without the need for costly training.
Ready to get started? Contact us and we will help you connect your game with a new audience.
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