Valve joins the Linux Foundation

Valve has joined The Linux Foundation, a nonprofit organization "dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux." Valve now joins the ranks of companies like IBM, Intel, AMD, and Google, in their efforts to promote the open-source OS. The move is especially unsurprising given that the company's upcoming SteamOS is based on Linux.

“Joining the Linux Foundation is one of many ways Valve is investing in the advancement of Linux gaming," Valve's Mike Sartain said in the announcement. "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."

Valve plans on launching SteamOS-based Steam Machines in 2014. And while Valve is heavily pushing for Linux, the company has pledged that there will be no games exclusive to SteamOS.