Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 16th Sep 2013 21:44 UTC

Gabe Newell, the co-founder and managing director of Valve, said today that Linux is the future of gaming despite the minuscule share of the market it has today.

That seems hard to believe, given that Newell acknowledged Linux gaming generally accounts for less than one percent of the market by any measure including players, player minutes, and revenue. But Valve is going to do its best to make sure Linux becomes the future of gaming by extending its Steam distribution platform to hardware designed for living rooms.

"Half-Life 3 - SteamBox/Linux exclusive". There, chicken and egg problem solved.

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Thom Nails It
by hoak on Tue 17th Sep 2013 01:09 UTC
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With the statement: ""Half-Life 3 - SteamBox/Linux exclusive". There, chicken and egg problem solved." Don't know where Thom found that quote, but his addition summarily nails it.

Under Gabe Valve has the economic might, Gamer play-share, the 'good guy' charisma & stigma, and Gamer ennui with Windows to easily pull this off any number of ways.

The flip-side is this could just as easily become a fascist monopoly that surpasses anything like it that came before.

A little full-context exploration reveals the enormous leverage Valve can bring to bare here; which is truly epic in scale and could be virtually impossible to compete with once even modestly established...

Edited 2013-09-17 01:13 UTC

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