Valve has singlehandedly reinvigorated the Mac gaming world by making its Steam content delivery service compatible with the Mac. It has been steadily populating the service with Mac-friendly versions of its mega-popular games; however, apparently that isn’t enough. Now Valve is going to help other developers make Mac games, by releasing elements of its graphics code.
Business development director Jason Holtman told GamesIndustry.biz that Valve will release some code to developers signed on with the company’s Steamworks infrastructure, in order to expedite the development of Mac games (and thus speed up the population of Steam). “So our Steamworks partners will have access to some of the hard work that we do to get our games up on Mac,” Holtman said, “and they’ll be able to incorporate that into their games — and our hope is it gets them there faster.”
Holtman also provided clues as to the success of Steam’s Mac edition, stating that “we’re seeing between a 15 and 20 percent increase in games that have a Mac version on Steam.” It turns out that Mac owners will buy games if they’re available!
Valve offering parts of its Mac graphics code to Steamworks devs originally appeared on Joystiq on Fri, 30 Jul 2010 16:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.