Portal Is the First Game on Steam for Linux

Left 4 Dead 2 will probably make an appearance at a later date

By Silviu Stahie on October 3rd, 2012 11:24 GMT

Everyone is waiting for Valve to finally announce Steam for Linux, but there is little to no information on what will be the first game to be made available on the platform.

A couple shy rumors started a few months ago about Valve adventuring in the uncharted waters of Linux gaming. That meant only one thing, the platform is finally ready to get the backing it deserves in order to become an operating system of choice even for gamers.

The Humble Bundle games have paved the way for a full blown Valve initiative, showing that Linux users are interested in games and are willing to pay good money for them.

So far, the only game shown to work on Linux, and developed by Valve, was Left 4 Dead 2, a cooperative first-person shooter that registered great success since its launch, with more than 10 million copies sold so far.

Surprisingly, Left 4 Dead 2 will probably not be the game launched with the first Steam public beta that is scheduled to arrive in the next few days.

Another game created by Valve will do the honors of being the first game in the Steam Linux library, and that is Portal.

Portal has been a complete surprise at its launch, back in 2007. Its funny and witty story, combined with the amazingly fascinating puzzles, made this game an instant winner.

The information that Portal will be the first game on Steam for Linux comes with the CDR database, which has proven to be quite reliable for far.

CDR Database, a record of data that describes every Steam game and subscription provided by Valve for the Steam service. Usually, the new entries in the Steam database are firstly visible in the CDR Database before their official launch.

All we have to do now is wait and see if Valve has more surprises in store for us.
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