Valve at Work on a Linux Steam Client

bp9801 - April 26, 2012 12:34PM in Gaming

Valve is certainly a busy company, what with all the games under development and maintaining its Steam service. The latter is the subject of this article, as Valve has announced it is working on a Linux Steam client. A copy of Left 4 Dead 2 will be included once the Linux client launches, and Valve is planning to bring other titles to the OS soon. Source Engine games will run natively on Linux (no Wine support necessary) and hopefully other studios get on board as well. Gabe Newell himself is working on the Linux port as he likes what the open-source OS brings to the table and even advocates it as a platform. Newell is less optimistic about Windows 8 and everything it is changing, so maybe he wants Steam on alternatives in case W8 is not as popular as Microsoft is hoping. There is no mention of just how far along the Linux client is, but it is beyond the experimental stage and Valve is actively looking for Linux developers.