The beta test for Steam on Linux has begun, with the list of games available to those taking part jumping to 24: including fan favourites like World of Goo, Team Fortress 2, Darwinia and Uplink.
The cynical among you may point out that the list – available here – contains a lot of Indi titles, but isn’t that always the way? The little guys leading the innovation train while the AAA developers take a few years to get on board?
We’ve certainly seen some real growth in the Linux support world over the past few years, as developers continue to add it to their list of supported platforms. Groups like the Humble Bundle have helped this, but so have statements from big names in the industry, like Gabe Newell and Marcus Persson. Both men have expressed interest in Linux as a platform, at the same time trashing Microsoft’s latest Windows 8 operating system – making the potential future of both Steam and Mojang titles seem Linux bound.
Currently 1,000 people have been admitted to the limited beta, but that will increase over the next few weeks to include all 60,000 that signed up to take part.
“This is a huge milestone in the development of PC gaming,” said Gabe Newell of the Linux beta launch (via Eurogamer).
“Steam users have been asking us to support gaming on Linux. We’re happy to bring rich forms of entertainment and our community of users to this open, customer-friendly platform.”