In an interview with, Doug Lombardi (marketing VP), was asked directly about a steam client for Linux.

Q: Final question, and one I’m sure you’re not super-keen to answer, but I promised one of our tech guys I’d ask it. What truth is there to rumours that you’re also working on a Linux version of Steam?

Doug Lombardi: There’s no Linux version that we’re working on right now. …

This contradicts a report from the Telegraph that they had spoken to representatives of Valve who said they were working on a Linux client. I am hoping the marketing and programming departments have simply not been talking to each other.

In the same interview Lombardi lamented that Half Life 2 was such a success that all their games are now expected to chase that standard.

Doug Lombardi: Well, it’s forever going to be competing with Half-Life 2. Everything that we do competes with Half-Life 2. That was a huge, huge launch. It was six million or something in the first year, so we’re always chasing that one.

The full interview can be found here.

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  • @Dan Go back to windows then matey

    I want to find out more about this…. Alot of people are going to be really Pissed if Valve don’t release for Linux…. They got it on Mac… It wouldn’t be hard to port it to linux…..
    Me thinks that Valve are being given…. hmmmm… lets say… little goodies in their pockets from Microsoft to not port to linux…..

    If they don’t port to Linux then Screw Valve… i will not buy their games unless it runs on the Platform that I choose… And I am sure alot of people feel the same way

  • saja

    Please make a steam client for linux. If they don’t make it, I’ll die. Making a note here: huge disappointment.

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