The last few months have been quite the trial for indie focused game company Desura, who were purchased by Bad Juju in 2014. The troubles really came to a head back in May when many developers came forward claiming that they had not been paid for sales by Desura for some time. Today, the source of these issues is starting to become apparent as Bad Juju has come out publicly and initiated bankruptcy proceedings.
The issue was first noticed when an Indie Royale employee posted on twitter drawing attention to this listing. This suspicion was later confirmed by Bad Juju’s head of developer relations, Lisa Morrison, who told Gamasutra, “I asked Tony [Novak, CEO of Bad Juju] for confirmation and all he could tell me was, ‘The lawyers have said I can’t say anything or answer any questions yet, but yes it’s true.’”
Morrison appears to have been completely blindsided by the news, stating on her twitter account that she “had no idea this was coming,” and confirming that employees like herself are now locked out of all company accounts and email systems.
Little is known on what these proceeding entail for the various employees of these companies, of course the worst ending to this would be them getting nothing. Some speculate that another company may purchase the entities and settle the debts. Again, the true outcome is not known.
Desura customers are urged to download DRM-free copies of any games owned on the service. Likewise, any keys purchased through Indie Royale (for Desura or otherwise,) should probably be claimed and activated as soon as possible.