In a surprise move, this morning Second Life
developer Linden Lab announced that it is acquiring Desura
, a digital distribution service used by indies and larger publishers.
"Desura's talented team, thriving business and impressive technology are a great fit for Linden Lab," CEO Rod Humble said in a statement announcing the acquisition, the second that the company has made this year. It previously acquired Blocksworld
, an iPad brick-building game.
"Our aim is to invest and support the Desura team in making it the most open and developer-friendly platform in the world," Humble continued.
Linden Lab's flagship title Second Life
has reportedly been performing much better than is widely believed
. With the Desura acquisition, Linden Lab appears to be gearing itself toward bigger things in the future.