I got around to investigating Desura for my project.
They are PayPal ONLY. And you do not make a cent until you get over $500.
So basically if you make $499.00 you will receive nothing for your work.
Furthermore They only pay off in $500 increments. If your game makes $999.00, you will only get 70% of $500.
I thought the 30-70% split was fair, but that is simply not the case if there is a clause where they do not have to pay you.
I was wondering how Desura could possibly be competitive with steam, And now I see why. Rather than making money off the consumers, they cheat and con game developers.
Here is what the guy says in an email:
"We offer you 70% of the revenues from your game. We keep 30%. We hold the payments until you reach $500 to keep the administration costs down. Paypal is the most easy way to take care of the money, correct."
Administration costs down? More like so we can rip you off to pay our administrators.
PayPal the easiest way to to take care of money? NO it is not. They take a HUGE cut of your profits too! Dwolla and Bitcoin are much better for the developers.
Not to mention that all a person has to do is file a false paypal claim to get a refund, and possibly get your account locked.
Desura is a Scam, and should be avoided.