Valve Software has officially announced their plans to bring their Steam game delivery system and many of their games to the Mac sometime in April. This official announcement comes only days after Valve leaked a series of teaser images to various media outlets. Steam and Valve’s library of games including Left 4 Dead 2, Team […]
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Confimred: Valve to Bring Steam and Games to the Mac in April

Valve Software has officially announced their plans to bring their Steam game delivery system and many of their games to the Mac sometime in April. This official announcement comes only days after Valve leaked a series of teaser images to various media outlets.

Steam and Valve’s library of games including Left 4 Dead 2, Team Fortress 2, Counter-Strike, Portal, and the Half-Life series will be available in April.

“As we transition from entertainment as a product to entertainment as a service, customers and developers need open, high-quality Internet clients,” said Gabe Newell, President of Valve. “The Mac is a great platform for entertainment services.”

Valve goes on to confirm reports that Portal 2 is coming to Mac in a simultaneous release for Windows.

Portal 2 will be Valve’s first simultaneous release for Mac and Windows. “Checking in code produces a PC build and Mac build at the same time, automatically, so the two platforms are perfectly in lock-step,” said Josh Weier, Portal 2 Project Lead. “We’re always playing a native version on the Mac right alongside the PC. This makes it very easy for us and for anyone using Source to do game development for the Mac.”

It is widely expected that third-party game makers that sell their titles through Steam will be making Mac compatible versions in the future. This press release also mentions “Steam Play”, a feature that will allow purchasers of Valve’s games for either Mac or PC to play on the other system free of charge.

One of the few things I missed after switching from the PC was the ability to play Counter-Strike: Source.

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