Steam launched into beta for Linux on the 6th November 2012 and it's been one hell of a ride for Linux gamers since. This was the first time they let in a group of outsider gamers to test out the client.
Previously they put up a sign-up page where you could note your interest to test it and they were overwhelmed by the amount of people wanting to try it. In the first week they had more than 60,000 people sign up for the first Linux beta of Steam.
I still personally remember reading about Steam coming to Linux on Phoronix (in 2008) for a long time before it happened, and I never thought it would turn out to be real. I remember how sceptical a great many of us were when Phoronix was posting about it due to having no concrete sources, but it did happen and we celebrated.
I am sure they will support us for many years to come, and we have come a long way in the short time they have supported us.
Since then I have pumped more hours than I care to admit into Steam games, and I imagine Dota 2 takes up the majority of that time I imagine.
Happy birthday Steam for Linux! Someone pass me a slice of cake.
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