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Valve’s Wacky Plan To Get More PC-to-Mac Games on Steam and More Developers Using Steamworks

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Valve’s Jason Holtman tells GamesIndustry.biz about their plan to get more PC-to-Mac games on Steam, and more importantly, their plan to get more third-party developers using Steamworks, Valve’s free software suite that includes Steam’s community support, dev tools, online play and copy protection (the most recent and popular game to use Steamworks is, of course, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2). Hit the jump for the full story.

Valve’s Wacky Plan To Get More PC-to-Mac Games on Steam and More Developers Using Steamworks

Valve’s plan is to give away some of the Mac-specific game graphics code that according to them is the “real hard work” in PC-to-Mac ports. However, the catch here is that they will only give this code to developers using Valve’s Steamworks software. This might not sound like much, but it’s actually very important, as this gambit may mean we’re gonna see a LOT more games that use Steamworks. Good or bad? Who knows.

Article Sources

http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/valve-were-going-to-release-some-of-our-mac-graphics-code

http://kotaku.com/5600858/valves-plan-to-get-more-mac-games-on-steam-is-just-sane-enough-to-work

2 Comments

  1. If i had a Mac i would be happy about this, but alas i do not and this is just another thing to add to the long line of Valve Procrastination techniques :)

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