Gabe Newell, co-founder and CEO of Valve, was recently interviewed by the former head of Microsoft Game Studio at the Casual Connect conference in Seattle. In this interview Gabe Newell told about the current priorities and future plans of the company. For the first time he spoke publicly about the increasing use of Linux within the company. As an important reason for it he called the trend at Microsoft to restrict access to digital platforms to its own advantage. To Newell “Windows 8 is kind of a catastrophe for everybody in the PC space”. As a consequence Valve wants to make a greater use of Linux as an alternative for its own security.
According to Gabe Newell, the lack of games prevented the breakthrough of Linux on the desktop so far. Therefore, he wants to bring Steam and Valve games to Linux and also make possible a simple distribution of games on Linux to the game companies.
Later in the interview, Gabe Newell has spoken about the “post-touch” era, and told, among others, of the tongue as an input controller of the future. Moreover, in addition to Steam for Linux, Gabe Newell told about another high priority project Source Filmmaker – a software for creating movies and videos using the Source game engine.
And to get back to the core of the interview we can sum up that phenomenal times are coming to the Linux gamers!