GOG’s head of PR and Marketing Trevor Longino talked to GamingOnLinux last week and stated that the digital distribution service won’t be offering Linux support in the “foreseeable future” due to the operating system’s complex architecture and variety of versions. So in the meantime, it seems like the digital distributor will stick to PC and Mac.
“For every game we release we provide a money-back guarantee: if we can’t get the game working on the customer’s computer with the help of our support team, we return the money. The architecture of Linux with many common distros, each of them updating fairly often, makes it incredibly challenging for any digital distribution company to be able to properly test the game in question, and then provide support for the release–all of which our users are accustomed to”, Longino said.
Some Steam titles are compatible with Linux (here’s a list in case you’d like to check it out) and other digital distribution services such as Desura, ShinyLoot, FireFlower Games and Gameolith feature Linux-compatible games as well. But the combination of Linux and GOG seems like a natural fit, so it’s definitely a shame that some technical caveats prevent this feature from taking off.
Gaming On Linux also contacted GOG’s PR representative Piotr Szczesniak and he said that “Until we can figure out something like a better way to automate testing and building games for GOG.com, there’s no way that the economics of Linux support make sense for us. That said, we do know that there are plenty of people who want to be able to play their games with Linux-native support from us, and we continue to look for ways where we can automate this until it reaches a point where it is something that we believe we can do and not lose money at it.” Maybe there’s hope after all.
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Source: Gaming On Linux