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Posted 02 August 2010 - 06:44 AM

GamesIndustry.biz has posted a new article about Valve Software's efforts to convince PC developers to bring game titles to Mac OS X and Valve's Steam service. In the article Valve's development director Jason Holtman said in an effort to make the porting process easier the company will release some of its graphics code to developers planning to use the Steamworks infrastructure.

"So our Steamworks partners will have access to some of the hard work that we do to get our games up on Mac, and they'll be able to incorporate that into their games - and our hope is it gets them there faster."

Holtman also revealed, for the first time, that Steam games which have seen an added Mac edition have enjoyed a significant boost in their combined platform sales.

While Valve would not be drawn on specific sales figures for the Mac versions, Holtman stated that "we're seeing between a 15 and 20 percent increase in games that have a Mac version on Steam. So some of our baseline games with added Mac versions, they're seeing quite a healthy bump in people picking up their title.
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