The GOTY Awards 2019: Best Tools for Building and Running Games on Linux

The GOTY Awards 2019. The best tools to create and play.
I read an article about moving to Linux from Windows. The author focused on the expectation adjustment that needed to be done. According to him, one of the things you had to get used to, is that the games available are few. I do not agree. Specific titles may be missing, or what for not having de suitable hardware drivers, a particular title may not perform as well. But, there are definitely not few games available for Linux.

The Game Of The Year have just been voted. It is an annual site survey Gaming On Linux asking readers to choose the best in several categories. In all there are many finalists.

In this article we focus on the tools for creating and running games. In the next ones we will list the finalists and winners titles in the different categories.

These are the GOTY 2019. The best tools for creating and executing video games

Free Software / Open Source Project

Proton (Winner)

Valve contributed more than anyone by bringing players closer to Linux. Its Steam platform includes several free and paid native titles. In the case of Proton, It is a set of technologies that allow you to play your Windows titles using the Steam client for Linux.

DXVK extension

One of the problems with porting games from Windows to Linux, is that technologies only available for this operating system are used for graphics animation. DXVK extension traduces the instructions of the games so that they are understood and executed by open source graphics animation tools.

Godot Engine

It is about a set of tools that make it easy for programmers to create 2d and 3d games


Going from Windows to Linux and not hearing about this programIt's like living in the West for years and not hearing about Coca Cola, McDonald's or Starbucks. It's about uA utility that allows you to run Windows applications on Linux. Although it does not work with all applications, it is possible to use it with Microsoft Office and Adobe applications.


Here we are talking about a true benchmark in its sector. Blender not only does it have nothing to envy to any proprietary solution. It is the preferred option for many animation and video game creation professionals and companies. Consists in a complete suite for the creation and animation of 2d and 3d graphics. Also, it includes video editing functions.

Favorite Reimplementation of a Game Engine (Free or Open Source Software)

Let's start by defining what a video game engine is.

We are referring to a set of reusable programs that make it easy to design, create, and run video games. Among others, it fulfills functions of animation, simulation, reproduction of sounds, etc.

When we say reimplement, we mean write game engines from scratch to do what other game engines did.

OpenMV (Winner)

OpenMV It reimplements and extends the 2002 Gamebryo engine for the role-playing game The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. OpenMW comes with its own editor, called OpenMW-CS, which allows the user to edit or create their own mods or original games.


Es an app which allows you to run some of the classic adventure adventure titles from your data files. The executables are not needed, which makes the operating system you are using indifferent. TOclaim to support (with varying degrees of compatibility) at least 250 titles ofe LucasArts, Sierra On-Line, Revolution Software, Cyan, Inc. and Westwood Studios studios.


This project recreate and modernize classic Command & Conquer real-time strategy games. Its flexible open source game engine provides a common platform to rebuild and reimagine classic 2D and 2.5D RTS games.


ZDoom es a family of improved adaptations of the Doom engine for use in modern operating systems. It works on Windows, Linux and OS X, adding new features not found in games as originally published by id Software.


OpenTTD es an open source simulation game based on the popular Microprose game "Transport Tycoon Deluxe", written by Chris Sawyer. Try to mimic the original game as closely as possible while expanding it with new features.

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