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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by allanregistos on Thu 19th Sep 2013 00:35 UTC in reply to "Re:"
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Wow, Gabe is planning to crank up the vendeta with Microsoft (which started when MS locked Steam out of the Win8 app store and by extension from Metro). This can only be a positive thing for us customers, but honestly I don't believe Gabe will succed in overthrowing Windows from the top spot in desktop and laptops or even as a gaming platform.

The linux desktop is in a bit of turmoil lately with the Wayland-Mir spat, and the inertia Windows has is massive.

You don't understand what's going on. Gabe isn'g worried of the thing you mentioned. He will be using Steambox to market Steam regardless of what desktop you are using. The current Steam linux client is their tool to go forward with a Steambox. You known, Steambox is not a PS4/XBox-type locked down console, it is a P.C. with a Linux under the hood, but users need not to worry about that, they want to play games. And whatever they played on the Steambox will also run on their Win/MAC OSX desktops, with the same quality since they are all the same version. They will develop their games on a P.C. and target their binaries on a P.C., unlike locked down consoles. So Linux desktop market share is not their problem.

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