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12.12.13

Avoid Activision, Support Valve

Posted in GNU/Linux at 12:57 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Activision

Summary: GNU/Linux distribution SteamOS is officially out tomorrow and Activision turns out to be actively against GNU/Linux

Valve and Activision (Subsidiary of Activision Blizzard) are both companies with some connections or roots in Microsoft. Valve’s CEO used to work for Microsoft and Activision is a Microsoft partner that nearly got bought by Microsoft. But there is a fundamental difference between those two companies.

Over the past year or so Valve has shown that it is serious about GNU/Linux, as we noted several times. SteamOS is coming out tomorrow [1,2], boasting a growing number of games [3]. The same goes for Desura [4], but not for Activision.

According to reports [5,6], Activision is actively blocking development for GNU/Linux. Activision deserves a lot of flak for this. Hit Activision in the pocket where it hurts a company the most.

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  2. Valve SteamOS set for launch on Friday

    Valve’s Linux-based gaming-centric operating system SteamOS will be with us by the weekend, as the company plans to get the first prototype Steam Machine boxes in front of beta testers tomorrow.

  3. Teslagrad hits Steam, GOG for Linux, Mac and PC next week so here’s a new trailer
  4. Shiden An Explosion Packed Arcade Style SHMUP To Arrive Soon On Desura

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  5. Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers Linux release blocked

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  6. Activision Is Preventing A Game From Coming To Linux

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2 Comments

  1. BrownieBoy said,

    December 12, 2013 at 6:55 pm

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    Hmmm….

    Not supporting Linux is one thing. But to actively prevent your partner for doing so, and for no technical reason?

    Smacks of a pay-off to me. And we all know who’s likely to be doing the paying. They’ve got form…

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    Yes, exactly my point.

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