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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It's not really what one could consider an "AAA" title (not saying it's bad, but it's a niche title by a smaller studio). By big I mean the likes of EA, Ubisoft, SquareEnix, etc.

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WereCatf Member since:

I can't remember too many names out of the top of my head, I have pretty shoddy memory, but the biggest game that I can think of right now would be Star Citizen. It's gotten $19 million in funding, so it definitely can be categorized as an AAA. Another big game that's getting a port is Metro: Last Light.

Just stumbled across this:

Q: Does the Steambox excite you?

Adam Badowski: I think the Steambox will be awesome. Because Valve is a digital platform holder, the final contact with the customer will be as easy as possible. That's why we're looking forward to it. We're in contact with Steam, so we're going to be engaged in the process.

So it would seem The Witcher 3 -- which, incidentally, is considered AAA nowadays -- will also quite likely find its way to the Steambox and Linux.

Edited 2013-09-18 03:31 UTC

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Ultimatebadass Member since:

All right then, it's a start (i'm a star citizen backer myself but it somehow slipped me that they're going linux too).

Honestly, I hope they gain enough momentum to make more publishers consider linux ports (proper ports, not some directx-on-opengl translation hackjobs) and this doesn't turn into another "year of desktop linux" but for games.

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