Draconian Guppy, on 02 August 2012 - 16:52, said:
Even though gaming on linux would be nice, not every company feels the same way about linux developing just because there isn't moolah$$ to be made there, compared to windows.
Also, stupid question but hey.. If linux is "open" wouldn't cracking/pirating be easier?
1. Companies should be looking linux as an opportunity to make money in the future. Sure windows has marketshare now, and is obviously the best for immediate profits, but linux has a lot of potential to make them money in the future. If more companies do what valve is doing, linux has a very real chance to take off. Its the only way to get past this chicken and egg scenerio of "We don't support linux because it doesn't have marketshare" and "Linux has low marketshare because companies don't support it"
2. I doubt linux would have any effect on the prevalence of piracy, windows games area already cracked day 1, and drm has proven to be ineffective in the first place. The real way to combat piracy is to provide a convenient service to your customers and make high quality games. If you don't treat customers like criminals, they will be more likely to buy the games.