Speaking at the Casual Connect game conference this week, Valve CEO Gabe Newell described Microsoft's next Windows operating system, Windows 8, as a "catastrophe" for PC game developers. If that isn't an apocalyptic prophecy for gamers, I don't know what is.
Newell told attendees that the issues presented by Windows 8 are at the heart of the company's recent push of the Linux OS. Newell singled out the closed nature of the Windows 8 store, which he describes as a "walled garden." Newell went on to say that the success of walled gardens like Apple's store for iOS is because developers "look at what they can accomplish when they limit the competitors' access to the platform, and they say 'That's really exciting.'"
"We'll lose some of the top-tier PC/OEMs, who will exit the market. I think margins will be destroyed for a bunch of people," he predicted. He added that moving to Linux platform is part of "a hedging strategy" for Valve in the face of Windows 8.
"We want to make it as easy as possible for the 2,500 games on Steam to run on Linux as well," he said.
Of course, Linux has its own set of challenges with adoption among less tech-savvy PC consumers.
Source: Tech Radar