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Latest Steam Survey: Linux Gaming Market Share Hits 1%

Until Proton came along and completely overhauled one of Linux’s weakest areas, gaming, Linux had a hard time competing with other operating systems. According to a recent Steam study, Linux’s proportion of the gaming business is at 1%, an all-time high for the operating system.

As of today, a study conducted by Steam was made public, revealing a market share of 1%, an increase of 0.14 percent from the previous year. This isn’t a particularly impressive statistic on its own, but it does show that Linux gaming is improving every year.

According to Phoronix, Steam’s market share on Linux was around 2% upon launch, but it has since declined, and Steam’s user base has grown immensely since then.

Check read the gaming on Linux article if you’re unfamiliar with the platform and want to learn more about getting started. Check out our list of the top gaming distributions if you’re already familiar with the same. The term “Proton” refers to a compatibility layer that facilitates the porting of Direct-X games to the Vulkan graphics API.

What’s the most popular gaming distro?

According to the results of the survey, Ubuntu 20.04.2 is the most popular distribution, holding a market share of 19.61 percent. It is followed in popularity by Manjaro Linux (11.64 percent), Arch Linux (10.44 percent), Pop! OS 21.04 (6.42 percent), Ubuntu 21.04 (6.42 percent), and Linux Mint 20.1 (6.42 percent) (5.35 percent ).

It was not surprising to see that over 40.12 percent of consumers utilize other Linux distributions for gaming given the wide availability of Linux distributions.

As a result of Valve’s recent statement regarding Steam Deck, it is anticipated that the gaming community on Linux will improve even more. To begin, it is a portable game console that will include Arch Linux as its primary operating system. The most significant disadvantage of using Proton is that, as of right now, games with built-in anti-cheat features do not function properly.

Proton “will be able to” run any game in the Steam library once it is released, according to Valve, which has stated that it is collaborating with other game creators in order to include anti-cheat functionality for the device. In the event that this does place, the Linux market as a whole will expand more than it has before. Even more intriguing is the fact that, because the console runs Linux, PC players who also use Linux will be able to play games that have anti-cheats built into them.

In any case, what are your thoughts on using Linux for gaming? Do you believe that things are going to become better as a result of the debut of Steam Deck? Share with us in the comments box below your views and ideas on this topic.

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