Wednesday, September 12

Linux Platform Option Appears on Steam Website


Linux platform has made its first appearance on Steam website. Few days back, Valve added a zombie Tux to Left4Dead 2 website announcing that it well head to Linux soon and now a Linux platform filter has been added to Steam Greenlight.

Steam Greenlight is a new initiative by Valve where community votes for games submitted by developers. If Valve finds that a game has generated lots of interest, then it gets included in Steam game library.

A Linux filter can mean couple of things. Valve is communicating to developers that they can submit their games if it supports Linux. Secondly, Valve is looking to build a good library of Linux games.

Steam Greenlight has already approved 10 games that will be soon included in official Steam game catalog. Out of these 10, at least 3 support Linux and around three other are using Source engine which will have Linux support soon.

So slowly and steadily, everything is falling in place. Valve has already added a 'Steam Linux Beta' entry in its database.

Update: Official note from Steam employee Alden Kroll:

And finally, we've also added Linux as a target platform since Steam will soon be shipping a Linux client.

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