GOG.com Will Begin Offering Linux Games
Written by Michael Larabel in Gaming on 18 March 2014 at 10:44 AM EDT. 24 Comments
The GOG.com online game store that offers various DRM-free game titles will finally begin shipping Linux games.

GOG.com has announced that Linux will be the next platform they will be supporting. For months there were Linux gamers lobbying this indie and older game outfit to provide Linux support, which they initially said wasn't feasible, but in an announcement today they have decided to support the open-source operating system.

GOG.com is following the path of Valve's Linux actions, which has since been followed by countless game studios and other stakeholders, in determining that Linux is a viable game market. For those getting excited, however, GOG.com will not begin offering Linux native games for a few months. Additionally, just Ubuntu-based distributions are going to be GOG's initial Linux support target.

GOG.com wrote in a blog post, "we've decided that one of the next steps for us is to support Linux...We're initially going to be launching our Linux support on GOG.com with the full GOG.com treatment for Ubuntu and Mint. That means that right now, we're hammering away at testing games on a variety of configurations, training up our teams on Linux-speak, and generally getting geared up for a big kick-off in the fall with at least 100 Linux games ready for you to play. This is, of course, going to include games that we sell which already have Linux clients, but we'll also be bringing Linux gamers a variety of classics that are, for the first time, officially supported and maintained by a storefront like ours."
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