Valve seeking out Linux developers

Tuesday, 3rd April 2012 07:40 GMT By Johnny Cullen

An email sent out by Valve’s Gabe Newell has shown the company is looking for developers specialised in Linux, according to a specialist on the matter who got the mail.

Phoronix’s Michael Larabel got an email from Newell, since confirmed in a tweet by Larabel, where he said he needed help to find Linux devs.

The email in full is below:

“We are running into a bunch of performance issues in Linux drivers (e.g. 50 millisecond draw calls because thedriver is compiling a shader).

“We’d like to hire someone to work on these performance issues. If you know of anyone we should be talking to, I’d appreciate getting connected with them.

Gabe Newell
Valve, Bellevue”

Valve has been on the hunt for developers experienced in Linux as of the start of this year in relation to Steam, according to a job listing , but Gabe’s email seems to suggest it’s getting serious about it now.



  1. back_up

    good move
    Windows should be killed as soon as possible

    #1 3 years ago
  2. someguy2

    @1 Now you can use it on your PS3 by using OtherOS……. Oh wait, it’s not on the PS3 anymore is it?

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Christopher Jack

    @2, Depends.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. TheWulf

    This is definitely a good move, though not for the reason that #1 subscribes to. It’s always smart for smaller developers to get their games out to as many platforms as possible.

    Instances such as the Humble Bundle have proved that this is a financially successful and responsible thing to do, since Linux OS people on average paid three to four times what Windows people did. The average Windows amount being laid down being something like three quid, and the Linux average being more like ten, or sometimes twenty.

    There’s definitely a market there, and developers are tapping it more and more with multi-platform ports. This is a market that Valve has been missing out on. It’s a market that some other digital providers have begun to cater to. If Valve doesn’t move fast on this, they may actually lose out on the Linux market to a competitor.

    The interesting thing about this is that it likely means official ports of Source and all Source-based games. A very resplendently happy day for Linux people, then.

    I’m a Windows person myself, but hey… good to keep an open mind and to think of others.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. freedoms_stain

    I used Ubuntu as my primary OS for about a year, loved it, but when I started playing more PC games again dual booting became too much of a chore and I went back to Windows full time.

    If Linux became a more viable gaming platform I’d be back in a shot.

    #5 3 years ago

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