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Yet another storefront to sell your Linux games
Yet another storefront to sell your Linux games
July 24, 2014 | By Alex Wawro

July 24, 2014 | By Alex Wawro
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Gog.com adds Linux to its portfolio of supported platforms today, announcing that it now sells over 50 Linux-compatible games and will be adding more in the months to come.

The news bolsters Linux's public image as a game platform, though it's not unexpected -- in March, Gog.com announced plans to offer Linux support for at least 100 of its games by fall of this year.

The company claims it still intends to hit that 100+ mark by the fall, but that it didn't want to delay the launch of its extant Linux-compatible titles "just for the sake of having a nice-looking number to show off to the press."

The current list of Gog games with Linux support includes older games like Bloodnet and Sid Meier's Covert Action, as well as contemporary titles like Don't Starve, SteamWorld Dig and Gods Will Be Watching.

Linux has seen an uptick in game industry support over the past eighteen months -- the venerable open-source operating system has received notable support from Valve with its Linux-based Steam OS, and Linux support has recently been added into top-line game tech like CryEngine and Unreal Engine 4. Digital storefronts Humble and Desura are two other distribution platforms that sell Linux games.


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E Zachary Knight
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It is a great start. There are still tons of games in its library that either already have Linux versions available or use wrappers that already have Linux versions available.

Nick Sercaianu
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well...I hope it doesn't count as advertising but there are 500+ titles available on Steam, with native Linux builds. Many indie devs but also some big big names are maintain linux branch (e.g. big name: Civilization V).

Humble Store is keeping the pace itself with the linux enabled titles too. i wasn't curious about the numbers but well, they are big. Speaking about the Humble Bundle thing, i've found something interesting. They are keeping public some statistics regarding the sales of their Humble Bundle programs and from what i can see there, the Linux product customers are the best payers there :).

Desura i kind of don't really like but then again they are kind of a niche community
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All in all the penguin heads (including myself...) are having a good time lately. No more side Windows partition just to be able to play a bit every now and then :)


P.S @E Zachary Knight: wrapping works but it's not really a good option for anything. For instance GoG is selling dosbox wrapped old games (Duke Nukem for instance) since they are working flawlessly but using Wine for Windoze games it's a no-go. Unfortunately the GOG sister CD Projeckt choose to deliver Witcher II in a wrapped mode (wrapping on a lower level than what Wine is doing anyway) but the outcome is far from being flawless. They are improving it all the time but still, they got some backfire upon launch several weeks ago.


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