Steam’d Linux

Valve has formally announced in the first post on its Linux blog that it plans to bring its Steam game distribution service to Linux. The company is also working to port its Source game engine and the 2009 game Left 4 Dead 2. The software will be available at launch on Ubuntu 12.04, Precise Pangolin.

Valve is focusing on Ubuntu at this time because 1) they are just starting development, and working with a single distribution is “critical”; and 2) Ubuntu is popular among gamers and developers. Based on the success of their Ubuntu deployment, they will consider other distributions in the future.

Valve is also focusing on porting other Valve titles to Linux.

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