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‘Portal’ now available for Steam on Linux

Update: Portal 2 is on the Linux Steam store under “all games” but it’s greyed out, and can’t be purchased. Perhaps it’s scheduled for a later date? We’ll update the story as soon as Portal 2 is purchasable.

Valve’s popular first person puzzle games Portal are now available on Linux via Steam. Since the official release of Steam on Linux in February, statistics have shown a decline in its users. Meaning that the release of Portal natively doesn’t come as a complete surprise, the platform needs a hit. Other games like Left 4 Dead 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive are also on its way to Steam Linux.

The first Portal was originally a spin-off mod of Valve’s popular Half-life 2, packed in the exceptionally well-received Orange Box. Its popularity though gave us the stand-alone Portal 2. The game gives you a portal gun so that you can overcome tricky obstacles using crafty jumps and well thought-out aiming. 

Game support on Linux has been quite limited but Steam wants to change that. The exceptionally popular Steam acts as a platform where users can buy or play games online. It’s also popular for its achievements, plus the Xbox Live-like friends networks that can be cultivated. Steam is introducing further special offers and releasing popular titles in an attempt to make the Steam Box, the console/pc/media center as desirable as possible.

This is a significant relationship for Steam and Linux as Valve’s innovative Steam Box is expected to bridge the gap between Steam, Linux PC gaming and console gaming.

Author Bio

Jacques Coetzee: Staff Reporter
Jacques grew up in Stellenbosch, South Africa. Keen to take over the world, one word at a time, he has always been interested in both politics and development and studied International Relations (BA) at Stellenbosch University. With an interest in innovation and social change, he seeks to tell the... More