Linux will play games as well as they perform under Windows

Linux will play games as well as they perform under Windows

I am writing this article under considerable strain, as by tonight Linux shall be no more the same. I can bear the torture no longer; by the time you have read this hastily scrawled web page you may guess, though never fully realize, why it is that I must forget or vanish.

I come from the old Unix families of the dark shell, near the depraved mountains, hidden beneath the shadow of the alpha moon. Some say, we are evil spirits and black-hearted inhabitants, full of anger and pain. Though I was always remembered as the lonely one, a harmless boy, until today. You may keep reading this article, but I need to warn you, every syllable you let your eyes wander over gets you into more and more trouble. You are in mortal peril my friend, on the verge of unleashing terror, no sane man would be able to withstand. You’ll go indifferent because you wouldn’t do one simple thing, and that is stop reading this article. STOP NOW !

Thy have been warned.

It doesn’t matter whether you are feeling safe in your home or work’s office. My friend, you should power off your monitor right now or you will regret the consequences. No God or any salesman of faith could help you then. So, stop reading now. Are you still reading? Oh, my dear…

You think it is some silly joke?

You think I am playing or fooling around? Naaaah, you selfish being, there is no time, nor even time for a kernel compilation! Please, I beg you to stop reading or you will end up as dead as a these Zombies from a Valve’s game Left 4 Dead :/

Still there ? Okay, I give up… you ‘re doom-ed.

All it began at July 16, 2012, when the American video game company called Valve made this glorified statement: Steam’d Penguins. For those who don’t know who Valve is, they are the company who brought Half-Life, probably one of the best First-Person-Shooting games ever. Counter-StrikeTeam Fortress, Day of Defeat, Left 4 Dead and DOTA 2 are some samples of their kick-ass titles. Even the most powerful tool for gamers, the Steam, is a another Valve’s work. So, what’s this excitement all about ?

Because all these titles it’s going to be supported in Linux via Steam! It’s no myth, no rumours, no hype, nor whispers… it’s true and really happening. At last, gamers will delete their dual boot Windows 7 partition, and there will be times to play Skyrim and Call of Duty into your Ubuntu without fear. No wine errors or Cedega tricks. This time it’s official and supported by Valve’s Linux team.

No mistake here, Ubuntu will be the first step for Steam under Linux, while more distros will catch up later.

This doesn’t mean that Ubuntu will be the only distribution we support. Based on the success of our efforts around Ubuntu, we will look at supporting other distributions in the future.

Currently, VLT (Valve Linux Team) is working for the fully-featured Linux client of Steam. In order to have some first gaming results, they have already ported Left For Dead:2 in Ubuntu 12.04 and right now they are working upon framerate improvements.

“The goal of the Steam client project is a fully-featured Steam client running on Ubuntu 12.04. We’ve made good progress this year and now have the Steam client running on Ubuntu with all major features available. […] Over the last few months, excellent progress has been made on several fronts and it now runs natively on Ubuntu 12.04. We’re working hard to improve the performance and have made good progress. Our goal is to have L4D2 performing under Linux as well as it performs under Windows.”

So, all in all, let’s wrap things up and see what we are expecting from Valve in the nearest  future:

  • 1) getting the Steam client onto Linux with full functionality
  • 2)optimizing a version of L4D2 running at a high frame rate with OpenGL
  • 3) porting additional Valve titles


Eventually, it’s certain that this project will draw much more attention to the nVidia and AMD Radeon drivers community. To all the Linux gamers out there, please stay tuned ’cause the best is yet to come!

  • Bruno Martínez

    No better company than Valve to revolutionize gaming in Linux, no doubt other companies will lag behind then once again (yes, you EA). If the video cards manufactures needed a reason to make decent drivers for Linux, this is it. Let’s hope the community supports them in their effort!

  • joker159

    very good !!, with the development of Novacut, & Lightworks for video editing, and valve for playing, it’s very good for linux :D

  • Tomasz Cieńciała

    I’m glad Valve is doing this, perhaps other companies will follow :)

  • 1roxtar

    Sadly, I have already been reading grumblings within the general Linux community, complaining about “why Ubuntu first”.  It’s mostly coming from the Arch folks, even though the Valve guys stated that as the Ubuntu port does well, they will also support other distros too.  I hope that people who don’t use Ubuntu give their support, so we can get more games ported to Linux.  Valve has been instrumental in getting bug fixes made to proprietary video drivers and working to improve the Intel stack.  It’s finally getting close and though I am not much of a gamer, I am gonna give my support and use the Steam client when it comes out.

  • 1roxtar

     We are getting there, buddy.  We are finally getting there.  :-)

  • Bruno Martínez

    Well said. This is the time when distros fanaticism should be left behind, It’s pretty obvious why they chose Ubuntu as a starting point. Valve is already doing what many thought would never happen, they don’t deserve complaints. Let’s hope the community shows some maturity and support them.

  • Roger Parkinson

    Your Lovecraft intro was going really well until “Thy have been warned.”
    Don’t do that, it is just wrong. “Thou hast been warned” if you must. ‘Thy’ means ‘Your”, not ‘You”. But you did good on the rest.

  • Simon Smith

    My issue is that if they are targeting a specific distro, that there will be limits as to how far it could really be spread. For example, I don’t run a desktop environment… if it made it to my distro, would I need gnome? X or Wayland? However, as a non-gamer it’s all rather academic in my case ;)

  • Peter

    Wait a second! from Valve games to COD it’s a long journey! I’m not so sure about Activision games though!

  • Bruno Martínez

    COD on linux is a looong journey XD I don’t believe Activision will ever be interested, I do see EA releasing some minor games, as some other indy developers as well… 

  • Martin Evans

    Good news for all “gamers” new and old. Valve caused a revolution with Steam and CS, I can think of no other company in as good a place as Valve to push gaming on GNU/Linux.

    Ubuntu love em or hate em (Personally I use Ubuntu every day, although it is a “GS” version) are a great platform for Valve to start, I would imagine using Ubuntu will make it usable on most “Ubuntu based” distros as well. I really am looking forward to this and finally I’ll be able to get back to gaming without Wine.

  • Alecparker202

    noooooo! my rehab from game addiction is coming to its end.. my linux nirvanah is taken from me. why?.. why is gaming chasing me.. please.. don’t.. 

    common i’m waiting my whole linux life for this.. wine was a nice portal to summon but sometimes it was a beast to tame.. (thows wallet on the screen) there take my money, make my linux box a runic passport to my personal gaming abyss.  :)

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  • tracyanne

    If the games run well on Ubuntu, they have every chance of running just as well on any other Linux distro. I don’t use Ubuntu, but I’m more than happy for Valve to get their stuff running on Ubuntu, if push comes to shove I don’t have a problem with installing Ubuntu  for playing games. Far less of a problem with that than installing Windows for any reason.

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