first_imgThe Humble Bundle moved away from its indie roots recently with the introduction of the Humble THQ Bundle. But it turned out to be a huge success, managing to sell 885,361 bundles and raising $5,098,310.30.The only problem with THQ’s selection of bundle games was that none of them ran on Linux. That’s simply because the games were never developed with Linux compatibility in mind when first released, and converting all nine games was too big of a task to even consider attempting.But there is some good that has come out of this THQ Bundle. THQ got so much feedback from people running Linux that the publisher is now considering supporting the alternative operating system for future game releases. If nothing else, offering a Humble Bundle has shown just how many Linux gamers there are — something Valve realized quite a while ago.Supporting Linux is made all the more desirable when you consider Steam is becoming Linux-friendly before the end of 2012. That works for THQ as it means more sales potential through the number one digital distribution games service.Even if THQ decides Linux is worthwhile, it also needs to get developers on board and help pay for the development time required to support an extra platform. But feedback and support should help convince everyone involved it’s worth the effort.There’s the potential for an explosion in Linux on the desktop due to gaming next year. Having a copy of Windows installed on your PC has been necessary to enjoy games for as long as I can remember. Removing that need does make Linux look much more desirable to PC users, and with Windows 8 not getting the best reception, 2013 could be a very good year for Linux.via Polygonlast_img