The once Australian-owned digital storefront Desura has weathered some turbulent times of late. A couple of years ago it was acquired by Second Life developer Linden Lab, though it didn’t take long for the company to unload its purchase to Bad Juju Games in November of last year. Now it’s in the middle of a payment debacle, which it has attempted to tackle in a blog post.
Desura has had to deal with “a number of very difficult issues”, including the “current hospitalization of [its] CEO”, that have resulted in payment delays to developers, according to an announcement from Bad Juju representative “LadyAijou”.
It goes on to mention that the company is not “refusing to pay”, instead, it is dealing with issues that “need work to correct”. The original post doesn’t go into much detail as to what the issues are, however, an addendum provides a little insight:
While [the CEO’s] absence has, as I said above, compounded things over the last week or so, it was and is the lack of automated payment systems which created this bottleneck, and that is where our focus is currently. We do have to await his return before moving forward with implementing solutions, but we are doing our best to continue to stay in communication with everyone.
It’s good that Desura has made some sort of attempt to calm its developer community, however, it will indeed be sustained communication over the next few weeks that should see a return to normalcy for the company.