In a move that will surprise precisely no one, Valve, the company behind Steam, the popular gaming distribution platform, has joined the Linux Foundation.

“…compel hardware manufacturers to prioritize support for Linux…”

By joining the Linux Foundation, a nonprofit organisation which sponsors, supports and promotes the open-source operating system, Valve say they 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.”

Valve’s love for Linux is nothing new. CEO Gabe Newell has previously referred to Linux as ‘the future of gaming’, a belief that is clear to see woven throughout most of the company’s recent announcements.

Back in September the company announced the Linux-based Steam OS, an operating system designed around gaming in the living room. A set of third-party ‘Steam Machines‘ – gaming PCs  running the OS – are expected to be released over the course of 2014.

The future for gaming on Linux has never looked brighter.

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