The addition of Valve Software to the Linux Foundation is an effort that began “a long time ago,” according to Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation.
“The news is part of the company’s strategy around open gaming, which it has just begun to share broadly,” Zemlin told eWEEK. “With Steam OS and Steam machines coming soon, Linux Foundation membership will help Valve maximize its investment in Linux long term.”
Gabe Newell, co-founder of Valve Software, was a keynoter at the Linuxcon USA event in September. During that event, Newell discussed how important Linux is to Valve and declared that it would be the base for the next generation of gaming. Valve is currently building a next-generation Linux-based gaming platform called Steam OS.