The Boston Globe published an article yesterday on the state of gaming on the Linux platform. Quotes from Bob Zimbinski of the Linux Game Tome, Transgaming’s Gavriel State, and Epic’s Mark Rein are included:
Epic vice president Mark Rein said the decision to offer Linux servers forced his hand. “Our feeling is we can’t give them a Linux server and not give them a Linux client,” Rein said. “That wouldn’t be fair.” So Epic created a Linux “client,” a full-fledged version of the game, complete with all the complex and expensive 3D graphics.
No good deed goes unpunished. Rein said that while at least half of all Unreal game servers are running Linux, fewer than 1 percent of the players are using the Linux version of the game. Rein doesn’t seem to mind. “Sometimes you’ve just got to do the right thing,” he said, “even if it doesn’t make you money.”