Valve pays a lot of developers to run open source Steam Deck software

The steam bridge (opens in a new tab) is incredible hardware, but the software behind it is equally impressive. From long-standing open source stalwarts like the Mesa graphics driver and Vulkan API to Valve’s own Proton compatibility layer, the Deck only works thanks to a lot of hard work from open source developers. Without them, the whole thing is just a big block of plastic.

Turns out Valve understands this, because in a recent conversation with the Verge (opens in a new tab), Steam Deck designer Pierre-Loup Griffais mentioned that the company pays over a hundred open-source developers to work on the various software that powers the Steam Deck. Valve also has them working on things like Steam for ChromeOS and Linux (Griffais didn’t mention macOS though, which makes sense given how Steam seems to freeze in panic every time I launch it on a MacBook) .

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