Valve thinks Windows 8 will be a big flop for gaming. They hate Windows 8 so much, they are readying all Steam games to work on Linux.
Valve not sold on Windows 8, working on Linux support for Steam as a backup - News - play.tm
This is Huge for Linux fans. And it's about time. Windows is awesome but lets face it, many people stick with Windows just because of gaming and that's not right.. Microsoft really does have a monopoly on PC gaming. This may the the catalyst that brings Linux kicking and screaming into the 21'st century.Newell believes that Windows 8 could be a catastrophe for PC gaming and by expanding onto Linux-based operating systems they can help keep their prospects as broad as possible.
He said, "I think Windows 8 is a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space. I think well 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 thats true, then it will be good to have alternatives to hedge against that eventuality."
"The big problem that is holding back Linux is games," the Valve founder explained. "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."
If Valve works diligently to make a compatible system to direct x work well in Linux (even if it is based in Wine) this could signal other developers making games for Linux. Linux already has great OpenGL support but not many games are coded for OpenGL these days. This could sway devs heads and send Microsoft's gaming monopoly packing.
Valve isn't alone in these views. Blizzard Entertainment expressed similar views also. Blizzard joins Valve in voicing concerns over Windows 8 - News - play.tm
As did MineCraft and Mojang dev Markus "Notch" Persson Notch: Windows 8 could be "very, very bad for indie developers" | GamesIndustry International
as did I'd Software's, John Carmack, Carmack: Nothing exciting about Windows 8 - Video Game News, Videos and File Downloads for PC and Console Games at Shacknews.com