Developer claims Linux forced Microsoft to up its Windows game support

A few years ago, thanks to Valve and Steam, Linux looked like it was going to become a major game platform. That didn’t happen. But, the threat may have forced Microsoft to improve its Windows game support.

In 2012, Gabe Newell, CEO of the major Steam game platform company Valve, snarled “Windows 8 is a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space.” His solution? Bring Steam to Linux. What drove him to that decision was the gaming bottom line: Performance. Valve’s developers found that an early Linux version runs faster than the Windows version thanks to the “underlying efficiency of the [Linux] kernel and OpenGL“.

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