The era of diversification that Rod Humble brought forward during his “reign” at Linden Lab is definitely over, after Versu, Creatoverse and dio had already been discontinued. With a press release widespread November 5th 2014, the developer of Second Life and Blocksworld (of which we have already spoken some times ago) announced the sale of Desura to Bad Juju Games for an undisclosed sum, pointing out that in this way Linden Lab will be able to “to further enhance our focus on creating the ambitious next-generation virtual world” (known as Second Life 2), while continuing at the same time “to improve Second Life and growing Bloscksowld”.
Desura, digital distribution platform that allows to bring together game developers (and their products and services) and players through which initially it was possible to buy even Patterns (whose development has ceased on September 10 with the withdrawal from sale of the game itself, even if a note from Linden Lab suggested that the company was willing to consider offers from any potential buyers) will now be managed and developed by Bad Juju Games, company founded in 2010 developer of games based on middleware technology so far focused on mobile games, consoles and mobile devices as well as in development tools (company which is also recruiting a Unity3D developer, a senior mobile game designer and a senior 2D mobile game artist so if you are interested… check on the Bad Juju Games site and apply).
It is currently unclear whether the sale of Dasura could mean the departure , sooner or later, of Scott Reismanis, founder of Dasura who joined Linden Lab as Director of Digitals shortly after the acquisition of 2013 while remaining still one of the promoters of DBolical, community he founded in June 2002 which, with a staff of only 4 people, through sites such as ModDB.com, IndieDB.com and SlideDB.com as now passed 5 million visitors per month and is among the top 5000 most visited websites in the world.
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