Steam for Linux went into open beta in December, but it seems the beta days are over. Valve today announced the official release of its Steam for Linux client. Users can now download the Steam client for free via the Ubuntu Software Center.
To celebrate the release of Steam for Linux, over 50 Linux titles are available for between 50-75 percent off. This sale will continue through to next Thursday, February 21. In addition to games, Steam for Linux includes Big Picture, the new mode of Steam designed for use with a TV and game controller. Valve is hoping Steam for Linux and Big Picture mode will give Steam in the living room a bit of a boost.
Speaking about today's announcement, David Pitkin, Director of Consumer Applications at Canonical said the introduction of Steam to Ubuntu demonstrates growing demand for open systems from gamers and game developers.
"We expect a growing number of game developers to include Ubuntu among their target platforms," he said. "We're looking forward to seeing AAA games developed with Ubuntu in mind as part of a multi-platform day and date release on Steam."