Valve, the video game developer and distribution company, announced that Steam, the leading platform for the delivery and management of PC and Mac games with over 50 million accounts around the world and over 2,000 titles offered, is now available for Linux clients.
“This project was confirmed last year by Valve,” says SiliconANGLE contributing editor Kyt Dotson, “and opens up an entire new market for the digital distribution shop to provide video games to gamers. Linux isn’t well known in the gaming community vs. consoles or Windows, but it’s a good start to further open up innovation and audience.”
Linux users can download Steam from the Ubuntu Software Center, the most popular and used Linux distribution center.
“The introduction of Steam to Ubuntu demonstrates growing demand for open systems from gamers and game developers,” said Ubuntu developer Canonical’s director of consumer applications David Pitkin. “We expect a growing number of game developers to include Ubuntu among their target platforms. We’re looking forward to seeing AAA games developed with Ubuntu in mind as part of a multi-platform day and date release on Steam.”
To celebrate the release, Valve is offering over 50 Linux titles are now 50-75% off until Thursday, February 21st at 10 AM PST. Some of the titles available are Counter-Strike 1.6, Counter-Strike: Source, Half-Life and Team Fortress 2, which is offering a promo of its own. For a limited time, Team Fortress 2 players on Linux will automatically receive Tux, the Linux mascot, which can be carried by players in-game and traded between players.
“We’re huge fans of Linux,” added Serious Sam developer Croteam’s CTO Alen Ladavac. “It’s like the indie OS-a perfect home for our indie game. And who better to lead the charge into Linux gaming than Valve?
“With Steam distribution on Windows, Mac OS, and now Linux, plus the buy-once, play-anywhere promise of Steam Play, our games are available to everyone, regardless what type of computer they’re running,” he added. “That’s huge.”
Steam for Linux also includes Big Picture, the new Steam mode that delivers gaming to living rooms via TVs and game controllers.