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+ - Why Valve Wants to Port 2500 Games on Linux? Because Windows 8 is a Catastrophe 1

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An anonymous reader writes "Gabe Newell wants to support Linux because he think Windows 8 is a catastrophe for everyone in PC space. He wants to move away from a closed ecosystem of Microsoft Windows 8. He recently made a rare appearance at Casual Connect, an annual videogame conference in Seattle. From the allthingsd: The big problem that is holding back Linux is games. People don't realize how critical games are in driving consumer purchasing behavior. We want to make it as easy as possible for the 2,500 games on Steam to run on Linux as well. It's a hedging strategy. I think Windows 8 is a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space. I think we’ll lose some of the top-tier PC/OEMs, who will exit the market. I think margins will be destroyed for a bunch of people. If that's true, then it will be good to have alternatives to hedge against that eventuality. Some Linux users thinks that this is a win-win situation for Linux users as it will brings good game titles on the Linux system that haven't been there and it will protect steam business model from both Apple and Microsoft."
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Why Valve Wants to Port 2500 Games on Linux? Because Windows 8 is a Catastrophe

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  • How come something be catastrophic when it hasn't been sold yet ? The reason behind this move is to make money, not turn gamers into linux addicts. This is because graphic drivers have evolved in Linux and other players are jumping in to sell their software via app stores. This move is unlike id softwares' decision to open up their old games for free.

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