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The first time I publicly brought up the potential interest from EA developers to get involved with Linux was last year. I recall tweeting a skewed photo from an EA business card following the first time one of their guys wanted to meet up with me for beers and to discuss Linux, which was a long while ago and at the moment can't locate that old tweet.

While I haven't been formally briefed by either Canonical or Electronic Arts, here's some expectations:

- EA will be bringing some titles to Linux, but not their entire game catalog. The first games to ship in 2012.

- EA does have their "Origin" game service that's basically a competitor to Valve's Steam and Desura too. However, it's unlikely that they will be bringing Origin to Linux, at least initially. This Canonical deal is about bringing their games to Ubuntu and making them available through the Ubuntu Software Center.

- In terms of EA supporting other Linux distributions, I am not sure, but I don't believe they'll be going out of their way to ensure support for non-Ubuntu boxes. Aside from distributing via the Ubuntu Software Center, past communications from my sources have basically referred "Linux" as Ubuntu and Android.

Source

Linux gaming is on the rise, it seems.

UPDATE: EA Begins Their (Sad) Ubuntu Game Push

Quite a disappointing start, although I didn't think the start would arrive so soon.
Edited by xeekei - 5/8/12 at 12:53pm
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couldn't you just use wine?
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couldn't you just use wine?

Please! No one likes Wine, it doesn't always work, and when it does it either doesn't work fully, or with less than adequate performance.
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Well, considering that they will most likely NOT use DirectX, you are looking at OpenGL games. And opengl can also compete with directx so I've heard.

Once games start hitting linux, I don't think there will be a reason NOT to switch to that OS.
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Please! No one likes Wine, it doesn't always work, and when it does it either doesn't work fully, or with less than adequate performance.

"No one" is a very strong phrase, I personally find wine extremely useful for those windows exclusive things that sometimes work right away other times don't. But most things with a little tinkering works out well. Either way I'm very very glad to see this! But it worries me that it is Electronic Arts doing this since they seem to be very controlling, I do believe many other companies will follow in their footsteps, like Valve.
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When block busters and great games like the Witcher 2 (will the red engine be used with OpenGL?) or diablo III or some mega hit comes to Linux, will I stop using MS and switch to a nice linux distro. Though I still use Linux for work.

I tried the LInux Gamer distro... meh is all I can say.
     
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When block busters and great games like the Witcher 2 (will the red engine be used with OpenGL?) or diablo III or some mega hit comes to Linux, will I stop using MS and switch to a nice linux distro. Though I still use Linux for work.
I tried the LInux Gamer distro... meh is all I can say.

As long as your nice distro is Ubuntu. Which, 12.04 is really not bad at all to me.
   
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"No one" is a very strong phrase, I personally find wine extremely useful for those windows exclusive things that sometimes work right away other times don't. But most things with a little tinkering works out well. Either way I'm very very glad to see this! But it worries me that it is Electronic Arts doing this since they seem to be very controlling, I do believe many other companies will follow in their footsteps, like Valve.

I'm sorry, let me rephrase: No one prefers Wine over a natively working Linux application.
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Origin on Linux before Steam who would have thunk it? If anything this may help get Steam on Linux faster, its what we all want really haha.
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I'm sorry, let me rephrase: No one prefers Wine over a natively working Linux application.

Yes, that much is true but sometimes there simply are no alternatives.
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