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Steam for Mac launches. Linux client in the works.

by on May 13, 2010

This is the news some of us have waited years for. Last night, Steam for Mac client became available for download.

Portal, Civilisation and Football Manager are the three biggest titles available to download right now through Steam for Mac, along with a whole range of Indie titles. “Steam Play” is the new tag attached to games that once bought, will work on both PC and Mac, meaning you only have to buy these games once per account and they’ll work on both platforms.

We should mention, Portal is available free for Mac owners until the end of the month, so head over to Steam and get downloading.

Valve have announced that they are porting all Steam Engine games to both Mac and Linux, and that a Linux Steam Client will be available soon. This comes as huge news to the Mac and Linux gaming communities. For years Mac gamers have been missing out on huge titles altogether, and Linux gamers have had to put up with dual-booting Windows with their beloved OS of choice. Now with Valve entering the cross-platform game, especially with their Steam network, we believe it’s only a matter of time before others follow.

Of course Apple have been gaining so much ground lately in the market, that it makes perfect sense to make your games available for Mac users. We’ll let you know as soon as we find out about other games publishers planning to port their titles across.