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

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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Ultimatebadass
Member since:
2006-01-08

Developer support. If there are no games being created for your system it does not matter what it's running.

Playstation and Xbox are huge brands that have loads and loads of studios creating games for them. You're being overly optimistic if you think Valve has that much pull in the industry.

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WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

Have you been following the news? Ever since Valve released Steam for Linux there's suddenly been quite a lot of news about games being ported over and many games that are still being in development will be getting a Linux-port, too.

I'd say that goes to show exactly how well Valve has lodged themselves in all areas of gaming and how much pull they actually have.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Not just that, Valve also involves itself in the low-level stuff - developing a debugger, cooperating closely with game makers and graphics chip makers on drivers, and so on.

They're serious about this.

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lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

I wanna know what the actual numbers are of titles sold on Linux, because outside of Valve's back catalog and indie games ... I seen very little evidence of this shift occuring.

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Ultimatebadass Member since:
2006-01-08

Yes, some smaller and indie titles are getting linux ports. Have any big developers/publishers mentioned anything about supporting linux? (not being snarky, that's a genuine question).

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