Just a few weeks ago, digital storefront Desura appeared to be taking steps to deal with delayed payments to developers on its service. The problems were blamed on a lack of an automated system, but with Desura’s owner, Bad Juju Games, now filing for bankruptcy, it appears the issues went much deeper.
The bankruptcy not only came as a surprise to developers, but Bad Juju employees as well. In a blog post on 27 May, company representative “LadyAijou” wrote the following:
The second rumor, that we are going out of business, is also false. We are in fact exploring some very exciting new avenues in terms of partnerships and growth opportunities. The payout issues are not an indication that we don’t have the funds to pay.
Going from LadyAijou’s Twitter account, it appears she was giving false information regarding Desura’s situation and indeed, Bad Juju’s financials:
@Deozaan Yes, I was working with them. I did the best I could with the information I had, it just turned out that I wasn't told the truth— LadyKaiju (@LadyAijou) June 6, 2015
Gamasutra’s Kris Graft was able to get in touch with Bad Juju to confirm the company filed for bankruptcy, though more details could not be shared for legal reasons. It’s also unclear if developers on Desura will be paid, or what will happen to the service itself. Quite a few have warned their customers to download bought games while they can, or to activate Steam keys, if the option exists.
Desura’s parent company has filed for bankruptcy [Gamasutra]