3D Game Development Goes AAA With Leadwerks for Linux

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Middleware developer hits early success with crowdfunding effort for Linux.

Linux is a solid and secure operating system that’s suitable for gaming, but at this time Windows remains the lead platform for PC games.  This may be about to change. Last year, Valve Software brought their game distribution system Steam to Linux, along with several of their popular game titles like Left 4 Dead and Half-Life.

One company wants to boost Linux gaming by putting the game development process on Linux.  Leadwerks Software has launched a Kickstarter campaign to bring their game development software to the Linux operating system.  The company says this will allow users to build and play games without ever leaving Linux.

The company's Kickstarter page lists three goals for the campaign.  First, they point out that most Linux games are ported from Windows, rather than being developed natively on Linux.  The company wants to change this by putting the game development process on Linux.

Second, the company hopes to expand the Linux library of games. They say that putting game development tools in the hands of Linux users will allow more Linux games to be built, and can even lead to the development of Linux-exclusive titles.

Finally, the company says they want to bring native high-end graphics to Linux, so Linux users can play AAA games without use of an emulator.  The company points out that the superior performance of OpenGL on Linux makes it a good choice for AAA games.

The company aims to raise $20,000 in 45 days to build Leadwerks for Linux.  Within 48 hours of launching, their Kickstarter project reached the 30% “tipping point” at which point successful funding becomes much more likely.

"We're really excited to be working with Steam and the Linux community," said Josh Klint, founder of Leadwerks Software.  "We think there's a unique opportunity here.  The timing is right.  I think Linux is really ready for mainstream PC gaming, and we just want to take Linux gaming to the next level."

Leadwerks Software was founded in 2006 to build game development tools that are powerful yet easy to use. With over 10,000 customers worldwide, Leadwerks has earned a loyal customer base and developed proprietary technologies now running on computers, smart phones, and tablets.

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