Valve Software, a well-known game developer and the owner of Steam video game distribution service, has joined the Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux. The membership in the organization gives Valve an opportunity to influence development of the operating system and have early access to innovations of the platform.
Valve recently announced its plans to expand its Steam platform, with 65 million active accounts and games from hundreds of developers, into the living room with the Steam Machines project. An innovative living room device, the Steam Machines will be powered by a Linux-based operating system dubbed the Steam OS. At the same time, emerging cloud, virtualization, big data and device-driven computing companies are taking advantage of open development and collaboration to ignite innovation.
As a corporate member of the Linux Foundation, Valve will gain ability to participate in member-only events like Linux Foundation collaboration summit and member legal summit in order to learn, influence and participate with Linux Foundation workgroups. Additionally, the firm will have the right to vote and run for Linux Foundation board seats and influence the direction of the organization.
“Joining the Linux Foundation is one of many ways Valve is investing in the advancement of Linux gaming. Through these efforts, we hope to contribute tools for developers building new experiences on Linux, compel hardware manufacturers to prioritize support for Linux, and ultimately deliver an elegant and open platform for Linux users,” said Mike Sartain of Valve.
With Valve joining the Linux Foundation, Linux operating system may finally (in many years’ time) become a more or less viable platform for gaming thanks to the fact that Valve deeply knows exactly what gamers need and how to give it to them.