Valve officially #launched Steam for Linux in 2013, know one knew what the outcome would be or whether #development would take off. And after 14 months in beta, where does this new Valve #platform stand?
Linux gaming is not new, when Valve announced Linux-based Steam Machines and SteamOS, we looked at the Linux games available, there were roughly about 700 or so. Which quickly climbed to nearly 1,000 available as of February 2015. But now there is an even bigger numeric milestone —1,500 Linux titles are currently available through Steam.
Steam has been reported to have added roughly 100 Linux titles per month throughout the summer. There are approximately 6,500 titles in the Steam for Windows games and Mac is at 2,323. The five most popular Linux titles on Steam include Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, which includes ARK: Survival Evolved, Team Fortress 2, and Dota 2. And this summer, a small indie game called Don’t Be Patchman became the first Linux-exclusive title on Steam.
A lot of this new growth has had to do with the expanse of cross-platform game engines like Unity, which has a major stake in the number of native titles available. Followed by Unreal Engine 4, which is starting to make headway for games like ARK: Survival Evolved and now The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, with many more to come. While CryEngine is looking to push their big debut with the 2016 release of Homefront: The Revolution.
So maybe Linux and Steam have not been perfect, the lack of some driver support has been an issue, particularly for AMD GPU owners. But overall this small market shows a positive return for developers working on port, with a great deal more to look forward too in the coming months.