Gaming on Linux has been made easier, accessible and expanded, thanks to Steam. In this tutorial, we’ll see how to install Steam in Ubuntu and how to use it to play games in Ubuntu. Before we see that, let’s first know what is Steam.
What is Steam?
Steam is a digital distribution platform for video games. As Amazon Kindle is a digital distribution platform for e-Books, iTunes for music, similarly Steam is for games. It provides you the option to buy and install games, play multiplayer and stay in touch with other games via social networking on its platform. The games are protected with DRM.
So, if you purchase/download a game, you can install it on various devices and platform using your Steam account.
Install Steam in Ubuntu
I am using Ubuntu 18.04 while writing this tutorial, but the instructions should be applicable to other Ubuntu versions and other
Steam installer is available in the Ubuntu Software Center. You can simply search for Steam in the software center and install it.
Alternatively, you can use the evergreen command line for installing Steam. In a terminal, use the commands below:
sudo apt install steam-installer
Once you have installed the Steam installer, go to the application menu and start Steam.
Well, now you would realize that it has not really been installed. In fact, it is only the installer. When you run it for the first time, it will download the necessary package and install the Steam platform.
Once installed, go to the application menu and look for Steam. Click on it to start it.
As you are running for the first time, you’ll be asked to either create an account or log in to an existing account. It will also ask for agreeing to terms and conditions. I presume that you know what to do here, don’t you?
Using Steam to play games on Ubuntu Linux
Now, once you have created and logged into it with your account, you’ll be welcomed to a screen like this:
Pay attention to what platform a game is available on. Normally, the platform info is displayed with the game. For Linux, the symbol is Steam icon because Steam has its own Linux based distribution Steam OS.
If you are searching for Linux games, just type Linux in the search box:
Or, filter by operating system:
Pay attention to system requirements of a game by going to the details of the game:
When you want to play a game or buy a game, you can simply choose the right option:
When you download a game, it gives you option if you want the game to be searchable in the OS or if you want a desktop shortcut for the new game being installed:
The game will be downloaded in the background so that you can keep on browsing other games:
That’s it. That’s all you need to do to install and use Steam in Ubuntu to play games in Linux.
You may check out this list of the best games on Steam. Any questions or suggestions are most welcomed.