Steam is a multi-player platform developed by Valve Corporation. It is used to distribute games and related media online. Steam provides the user with installation and automatic management of software across multiple computers, community features such as friends lists and groups and in-game voice and chats functionality.
Steam was not available for Linux, we had to use it with wine but now it’s available for Linux too. You can enjoy a bunch of newly added games and increasing day by day.
To run Steam games you should be running Ubuntu 12.04 or newer on a dual-core system with 2GBs or more of RAM running at least 2.8GHz. You’ll also need an Nvidia GeForce 8500/9600GT or an ATI/AMD Radeon HD 2500/3600 or better graphics and their latest drivers. Finally, you’ll need the newest version of Flash and OpenGL 2.1.
How To Install Steam In Ubuntu/Linux Mint?
Installing Linux is as simple as downloading and installing any other applications.
Visit the steam download page clicking the button below –
Website will automatically detect your operating system so just click the ‘Install Steam Now’ like above in the picture. It will download client of some 1.5 MB (may change in future for future release). Open steam.deb file with software center and click install.
After you successfully installed Steam with software center, open steam from dash or start menu. Here I am showing in Ubuntu dash.
Start steam and you will see a window like this so you need to click Start Steam button.
Start Steam button will give you another window like below for accepting terms and condition. Accept terms and condition and click OK button.
Now a terminal window will open up asking for a password. Type your password and hit enter to start the further installation.
Now there is a final step toward installing Steam. After terminal finishes installing all necessary files it will prompt to continue by pressing return. Hit enter to continue. Now the final step is it will download files. This is the final step in the installation. Let it download all the files.
Once it is updated you are all done. Now, set up your steam account and download HD Games in your Ubuntu/Linux Mint.
Setup Steam Account
Start steam from dash or start menu and this time you’ll be given the following window to create or login to your account. Click create a new account if you don’t have one.
After you created account open the confirmation link sent to your mail id to confirm the account.
Yipeeee! After a long but easy process, you have steam installed on your Linux box. Choose the games you want to install it will download it first and done! You can play it. You can purchase games and play free games on the Games menu.