The most played genres and video games on Linux in 2018


The year 2018 has been very interesting in terms of the games available for Linux distributions, since the offer of titles of different genres increased exponentially.

With the boom of platforms like Steam and improvements in projects like DXVK, Proton (Steam Play), as well as the opening of online platforms, the number of offers of different genres increases for Linux gamers.

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With the advent of Steam Play, many Steam games went on to run on Linux normally.Currently there are practically 3.000 titles, not to mention the other thousands that were already filming natively.

Today Linux can be considered the second platform for games on computers with ease, exceeding in quantity (thanks to Steam Play especially) to games for MacOS, lagging only behind Windows.

Action games and the eSports boom

Action games found a very lucrative year across all platforms and Linux was no exception.

In this category, titles such as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive stand out, which was one of the best titles for Linux on the Steam platform.

So much has been the success of this title in 2018 that it has become one of the popular eSports video games.

In this sense, the countries with the most activity in eSports can be found in China, the United States and Brazil.

Brazil has been projected as one of the most prominent in Latin America in the eSports market that exceeds 7,8 million followers.

Strategy games and RPG crossovers

Another genre that gained more followers in 2018 is strategy games, including casino games.

In this context, the growth was due to the opening of the best online casinos, which expressed their games offer such as roulette, poker or blackjack, as well as some of them also function as sports bookmakers.


These platforms opened their content to be easily accessible over the Internet and in most cases, also through smartphones.

On the other hand, Titles like XCOM 2, Civilization V also gained a lot of followers within the platform available for Linux, It offers a mix of turn-based strategy games, with other genres such as shooter or RPG.

Race games

Racing games and simulators also became some of the gamers' favorites in 2018, and also earned a spot in eSports, mixing its offering with simulators and expanding its reach platform for Linux.

One of the most striking titles in this category that can be highlighted is the Rocket Liga, which is a soccer game, where the players are remote control cars with attached rockets.

This mix of genres has been one of the most striking options for eSports competitors around the world.

However, one option within the race titles for purists, which was very well received this year, was the Dirt Rally, which stood out as one of the most played sports career titles on Linux via Steam in 2018.

So good was the reception of this game, the IGN Brazil site announced that the 2.0 gravel rally already has a release date scheduled for February 26, 2019, in search of improving the experience offered by its predecessor.


Without a doubt Linux is gaining more and more space in the video game competition, as it is developing more and more facilities for gamers to enjoy their favorite genres of video games, regardless of the Linux distribution they prefer.

Of course there are still certain titles that are still incompatible, but (literally) two months or so ago, a lot fewer games were supported, a year ago, we had fewer games, so it seems to be a matter of time and adaptation.

Anyone who still insists on saying that Linux is not good for gaming can also only be misinforming.

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  1.   Michael said

    The games you speak of are excellent.

  2.   leillo1975 said


    Out of curiosity, where did you get the data for the most played Linux games?