Linked by Debjit on Mon 23rd Aug 2010 21:16 UTC
Games A rumor has been going around for about four months now that Valve is coming out with a Linux version of Steam and had a lot of people in the Linux community very excited. However Valve have officially killed the rumor. And it is not what people wants to hear - there is no Linux version of Steam in development.
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RE[4]: Does it have to be Steam?
by jbauer on Thu 26th Aug 2010 08:51 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Does it have to be Steam?"
jbauer
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However, closed source games are pretty easy to do, because there are a lot less dependencies. Admittedly, it's not quite as easy as Mac OS X. But if you spend six months developing a game (using cross platform libraries, obviously), is it really that hard to spend a few extra days to get it to run on Linux?


You can do that, and release it on a use it at your own risk basis, like id does, as a gift. Great if it works, tough luck when it doesn't. Doing it so commercially and having to support it is a whole different ball game. That's why id software does (or used to do) the former but not the latter.


The main problem I see is market share. Nobody wants to spend any effort at all for a platform with 1% market share.


There's no such platform. It's all Linux distributions combined that have 1%. Not an attractive proposition for any developer or publisher.

Edited 2010-08-26 08:52 UTC

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