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Steam Linux beta to feature Portal, Team Fortress 2 and Serious Sam 3 BFE

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Valve plans to bring its digital distribution platform Steam and library of video games to Linux, an effort that will be beta tested by select Linux users soon. According to developer Croteam, the Steam Linux beta will feature three games: Portal, Team Fortress 2 and Serious Sam 3 BFE.

Left 4 Dead 2 is planned to be the first game ported and optimized for Linux — Ubuntu, specifically — according to Valve's original announcement on supporting the OS.

Valve recently courted experienced Linux users to take part in a survey and beta test Steam for Linux and tipped that Team Fortress 2 would be one of the games that would support the operating system.

Drew Bliss from Valve detailed some of the game maker's plans for Linux at the Ubuntu Developer Summit in Denmark, according to a report from Ubuntu Vibes. Bliss reportedly said that new Source engine games would be available for Linux but that there is no firm release date for Steam for Linux.

Polygon has reached out to Valve to verify the Steam for Linux beta lineup and will update with any information.

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