A few months ago, Phoronix posted an article saying that Valve is working on a Steam version for Linux. This got the Linux community excited and people speculated about the development of state of the art games on the Linux platform too. However, this joy did not last long as Valve has now put an end to the rumor. Valve confirmed that there is no Steam for Linux being developed and has not mentioned of any future developments on this either.
Steam is a complete platform of flagship game technologies and Valve values its ownership of Steam. It has released two big hits Counter Strike and Half Life based on the same Valve engine. The engine is extremely customizable and powers the award winning game Portal.
However, Doug Lombardi, the Marketing VP of Valve has confirmed to gameindustry.biz that they are not working on any Linux version of steam.
Now, Linux users who were too excited about this will not get to play any Counter Strike or Half Life on their Linux powered rigs. On the other hand, Valve has planned to release Steam for Mac as it can generate good revenues. However, when Phoronix reported this earlier; they posted some evidence that cannot be ignored totally.
Did they start building for Linux and left it midway? Are those traces of changes made in some files? Clearly, something is cooking at Valve and it smells good. Just that, Mr. Lombardi is not ready to spill the beans about it yet.