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Valve joins the Linux Foundation

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Valve is now part of the Linux Foundation, according to a press release published today on the organization's website.

The Linux Foundation was created to support companies and individuals who use and develop for the open source operating system. The Foundation, which employs Linux creator Linus Torvalds, connects Linux users and sponsors Linux-focused events and meetings worldwide.

Over the last few years, Valve, the Bellevue, Washington-based developer of and operator of the Steam digital distribution platform has increased support for the open source operating system. In November 2012, it launched a closed beta for a Linux version of Steam, which included a Linux version of its free-to-play shooter Team Fortress 2. Steam for Linux left beta in February 2013 with 50 Linux-compatible titles.

In September 2013, Valve announced SteamOS, a Linux-based operating system designed to bring PC games into living rooms. The company's Steam Machine hardware will run the OS, which will also be available to third-parties.

"Joining the Linux Foundation is one of many ways Valve is investing in the advancement of Linux gaming," Valve's Mike Sartain said. "Through these efforts, we hope to contribute tools for developers building new experiences on Linux, compel hardware manufacturers to prioritize support for Linux, and ultimately deliver an elegant and open platform for Linux users."

Earlier this year, World of Tanks developer Wargaming.net, which uses open source software to power its games, announced that it would offer financial backing to the Linux Foundation.