Tristan! Jan 28, 2013 @ 11:34pm
Will purchasing Half Life and Counter Strike count as Linux sales?
My only concern is whether or not purchasing Half Life and Counter Strike 1.6 will count as windows sales, while they are still in beta. Obviously I hope to maximize the number of Linux sales in order to encourage valve developing for Linux.
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Fred Jan 28, 2013 @ 11:48pm 
If you purchase them within the Steam GNU/Linux client, and afterwards play them on the designated platform, it will surely be tracked appropriately on Valve's side.

I myself am only purchasing games from the GNU/Linux store tab. Any daily deal that has a GNU/Linux compatible game on it will be an instant purchase on my side.
Rain Ninja Jan 29, 2013 @ 12:14am 
Sure hope so, I've been using Linux client only for months now and buying/pre-buying games more than ever in support of the Linux versions.
[Linux] Junior s2 Camila Jan 29, 2013 @ 12:30am 
Verify if it's possible on the Steam Linux page. Some people say if you buy HL, you get CS, which I hardly believe is true.
Zyro Jan 29, 2013 @ 12:39am 
They might be monitoring the usage as well. So if you bought in on Windows and use it on Linux (and vice versa), they may know, and therefore I'm sure they DO know.
I'm waiting to play The Cave, which comes late on Linux, just to make 100% sure they're not counting it as Windows sale. In fact Linux support made me buy my first games on Steam at all...
FutureSuture Jan 29, 2013 @ 1:52am 
This has been an uncertainty for me as well and thus I have held off from buying any games till Steam for Linux is out of beta. Nevertheless, I unfortunately already bought all of Half-Life 2, the whole Left 4 Dead series, the whole Portal series, and Team Fortress 2 years ago but have only actually gotten around to playing Team Fortress 2 and a bit of the first Left 4 Dead. I still play Team Fortress 2 every now and then in Windows but refuse to touch the others until everything regarding Steam for Linux is released and official. Might actually spend some money on Team Fortress 2 when I play it on Linux to further show my support.
Pots Jan 29, 2013 @ 2:14am 
Originally posted by Linux Junior s2 Camila:
Verify if it's possible on the Steam Linux page. Some people say if you buy HL, you get CS, which I hardly believe is true.

Can confirm. Bought HL1 and didn't come with CS 1.6.
FutureSuture Jan 29, 2013 @ 2:39am 
I forgot to add that I haven't even accepted DOTA2 from a friend yet as I am waiting for that to come to Linux as well. Not going to risk accepting it on Windows.
Zyro Jan 29, 2013 @ 3:08am 
It's good to read that others are buying and activating "tactically" as well. :)
ThOR27 Jan 29, 2013 @ 3:26am 
Originally posted by FutureSuture:
I forgot to add that I haven't even accepted DOTA2 from a friend yet as I am waiting for that to come to Linux as well. Not going to risk accepting it on Windows.

Don't need to be so afraid, they mostly get where you play the game when using steam. Someone already mentioned here some time ago that they even know who plays under Wine instead of Windows.
FutureSuture Jan 29, 2013 @ 4:17am 
Originally posted by ThOR27:
Originally posted by FutureSuture:
I forgot to add that I haven't even accepted DOTA2 from a friend yet as I am waiting for that to come to Linux as well. Not going to risk accepting it on Windows.

Don't need to be so afraid, they mostly get where you play the game when using steam. Someone already mentioned here some time ago that they even know who plays under Wine instead of Windows.
True, but I am sure they also look at where the sales are happening. Like I said, I unfortunately bought all these Valve games for Windows years ago and have barely even touched them. They count as Windows sales. Regardless, I'll be waiting till Steam officially comes out for Linux anyway before I commit!
skotadopsyxos (linux) Jan 29, 2013 @ 4:22am 
taking account valve's current linux policy as a company, I think you don't need to worry about the future so much...
Zyro Jan 29, 2013 @ 4:29am 
Does anybody know how Valve persuades game creators or publishers to make their games available for linux? As much as I love Linux, I still don't think it pays in terms of money at the moment, even for engines with Linux support.
Hirage Jan 29, 2013 @ 5:54am 
Originally posted by Zyro:
Does anybody know how Valve persuades game creators or publishers to make their games available for linux? As much as I love Linux, I still don't think it pays in terms of money at the moment, even for engines with Linux support.

I don't think there is any persuasion at all. All Valve does is provide a unified and easy sales and delivery platform. Which is exactly what blocked linux gaming for so many years. If you write your code the right way, you don't have to do ANY porting at all. Prime example being QT software, which motto is "write once - compile everywhere".
Zyro Jan 29, 2013 @ 6:03am 
Originally posted by Hirager:
If you write your code the right way, you don't have to do ANY porting at all.

This strongly contradicts my experiences as a software developer. :)

I'd imagine Valve would give some extra percent to those who offer their games for Linux or something like this.
「DEAD END」 Jan 29, 2013 @ 7:25am 
Originally posted by Linux Junior s2 Camila:
Verify if it's possible on the Steam Linux page. Some people say if you buy HL, you get CS, which I hardly believe is true.

Yup, you have to buy them separately.
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