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Been meaning to post about this for a couple of days now. Following in the footsteps of the likes of Steam, Direct2Drive, Impulse et al, the ModDB team recently released details on their own digital distribution service, codenamed Desura.

While they claim that the platform is 'far from complete', they also go out of their way to make sure everyone knows that this isn't just another 'shop with little to no interaction between the community and the content available'. What they hope will set Desura apart from the competition is the strong links between the games and the community.

It appears much of the inspiration for Desura comes from ModDB itself, with a good portion of the platform being dedicated to user-created mods and community features, including user reviews and uploaded screenshots. The service will also be very developer focused, with tools and functionality provided to game devs.

So what does this mean for the indie gaming world? Seeing as this is a new distribution service based on community, we can safely assume that indie developers are going to get a look in - in fact, there's a link at the bottom of the introduction article for those devs who want to get a piece of the action. Looks like a number already have, including the Wolfire team.

Right now it's in private beta and only available by invitation - you'll want to head here if you're looking to get yourself invited.