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Valve not sold on Windows 8, working on Linux support for Steam as a backup

Newell concerned about how Windows 8 will affect PC gaming

Valve boss Gabe Newell has admitted that he is concerned about the direction that they are taking PC gaming with Windows 8.

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."

Thanks All Things Digital.

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