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Gabe Newell, the co-founder and managing director of Valve, has made some interesting comments while delivering a keynote at LinuxCon in New Orleans.

Newel has stated that Linux will play a big role in the future of gaming, something that, obviously, may seem complicated: Linux gaming generally accounts for less than one percent of the market. We all know that Valve is trying to change this scenario; they brought Steam to Linux in February and promised to unveil a Linux-based device, more popularly known as ‘Steam Box’, in order to compete against mainstream consoles. In fact, lately Valve has been improving the Steam software to work better on TVs.

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The company has not provided much information about Steam Box during all this time. Many thought that they finally canned the project but, at LinuxCon, Newell hinted at an announcement next week:

“Next week we’re going to be rolling out more information about how we get there and what are the hardware opportunities we see for bringing Linux into the living room”

Gabe also remarked the importance of bringing Steam to Linux:

Bringing Steam to Linux was a signal for our development partners that we really were serious about this Linux thing we were talking about

Stay tuned, next week could be very interesting.

Here comes a new challenger (?)

Thanks, ArsTechnica