Will Blizzard enter the Linux gaming trend in 2013?

For the several months, Valve has been in open beta testing for its Steam Linux client, selling a number of Linux games in its download store along with a Linux version of its shooter Team Fortress 2. Today, there's word that Blizzard might also be releasing a Linux port of one of its games in the future.

Phoronix claims, via unnamed sources, that Blizzard will release the port of the game sometime in 2013 but did not state which game would actually get the Linux treatment. The story adds that Blizzard has created a Linux client of its World of Warcraft MMO but has only made it for its own testing purposes and has never chose to launch it to the public. It stands to reason that a World of Warcraft Linux launch would be the most likely choice among the company's many Windows-Mac titles.

Both Valve and Blizzard execs have stated in the past they don't care for Microsoft's Windows 8 OS, and that may play into the increased interest in making games based on Linux. However, it will still take a lot of effort to get even hardcore PC gamers to switch to using Linux.

Source: Phoronix | Image via Blizzard

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I think that once the ball is moving for Linux gaming, the graphics drivers and stuff will catch up to it.

From what I remember dabbing in Linux gaming about 6 years ago was nVidia was boss and ATI blew.

I don't know. As much as i hate what Blizzard has become over the years there's one thing i need to give them, Blizzard see the whole picture others PC compagnies don't see (save for maybe Valve).

It's not really about seeling games on Linux and making a profit. It's about being where nobody is. Owning the market. This is great marketing. Blizzard might not want Valve to be alone in this market. Linux is small but we can't deny Ubuntu is very slowly getting a littllleeee bit bigger. I actually know one non techy people running Ubuntu.

Mac support helped Blizzard a lot. For a long time Blizzard has been one of the few companies to properly support Mac. Mac was maybe only 4-5% of the market back then but when you own this 4-5% because there's no competition then it can be protitable beyond the money you make by selling games. Having played wow for 6 or maybe even 7 years it's insane how Blizzard and wow is popular among Mac users. You cant play without encountering some.

The day this little market grow this is a grow you can mostly own cause you own the market.

Now i highly doubt Blizzard will support Linux. But i would not be that much surprised if they did.

Trend ?

There's definately a mac gaming trend but linux don't think so.

This said if one company could be successful in supporting linux it's Blizzard. When Blizzard released wow for mac and pc about nobody was supporting mac. And lot of people were kinda laughing at Blizzard supporting mac.

But i'll tell you i've not been in a single raid where there was not at least one mac user. More and more games on Steam do support mac.

Who knows it might works for Linux too in a couple of years but i highly doubt it ?

warwagon said,
What Linux gaming market?

you must not read alot ,

i game in linux 100% guildwars 2 wow, Steam , TF2 ect.. Starcraft 2

steam is out for linux and new games are added every month

You must not either, as linus graphics drivers are total crap and no serious gamer is going to waste their money on gaming hardware then slap linux on it so it can run at half speed.

Beyond Godlike said,
You must not either, as linus graphics drivers are total crap and no serious gamer is going to waste their money on gaming hardware then slap linux on it so it can run at half speed.

you have it in your mind what a gamer is and that is some type of player that is you say a serious gamer. thing is i have over 20 games 5 are native linux games and every one of these games hold at no less then 40FPS at 1080p so i am not a serious gamer like you but i do have every game i play running fine with proprietary drivers.

Beyond Godlike said,
You must not either, as linus graphics drivers are total crap and no serious gamer is going to waste their money on gaming hardware then slap linux on it so it can run at half speed.

Really? I didn't know linus built his own graphics drivers as well as his own kernel, herp the ****ing derp and off you go!1one