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Desura's parent company files for bankruptcy, CEO remains silent

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Bad Juju Games, the parent company of the online games marketplace Desura, has filed for bankruptcy, Gamasutra reports. After months of developers not being paid for the sales of their games, the news comes as a surprise — even to those currently working there.

"I'm just shocked right now," Lisa Morrison, head of developer relations, told Gamasutra. "Stunned. ... I had no idea this was coming."

Making matters worse, the CEO of Bad Juju, Tony Novak, has declined to comment on the situation, even to Morrison.

"I asked Tony 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.'"

Bad Juju acquired Desura from its previous owner, Linden Lab, in November of last year.

At this time, Desura is still operational and accepting payment for game codes. Gamasutra goes on to say that some developers are urging customers using Desura to activate Steam keys purchased through the portal "as soon as possible."

We've reached out to Desura for comment. Novak has still not responded to our original request for comment from May.

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