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Gabe Newell: Linux and open source are the future of gaming

Sep 17, 2013, 12:00 (0 Talkback[s])

"It feels a little bit funny coming here and telling you that Linux and open source are the future of gaming" are the words that Valve Co-Founder and Executive Director Gabe Newell opened with during a panel at this year’s LinuxCon held in New Orleans. Fortunately, Mr. Newell took the time to elaborate on what he meant by that statement, and how he thinks we’ll get there. The short answer: You.

During his 20-or-so minute talk, Newell analyzed how the roles of users are shifting ever closer to that of a developer. The obvious example that comes to mind is Steam Workshop and the growing modding community as a whole.

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