Full Tilt launched a 31-second video advertising their brand on the Steam Greenlight network. The video showcased Full Tilt’s Rush Poker and Jackpot Sit n Go formats, as an interesting move to get the .NET (i.e. play money) version of its Full Tilt poker client distributed through the Steam gaming platform.
Steam is a distribution platform created by the video game company Valve, producers of a number of hit games, mostly in the first-person genre, including among other things the Half-Life series and its offshoots Counterstrike, Portal and Team Fortress. There are over 6,400 games available on Steam, and 125 million active users.
Steam Greenlight is a system that lets the gaming community help pick which new games and non-gaming software will be released on Steam. Steam users can read about, discuss and most importantly vote for the games want to see. If a game gets enough votes it’ll be added to the main steam store for the whole gaming world to download.
Assuming Full Tilt earns sufficient votes on Greenlight to get onto Steam, it will be the first cross-platform player-vs.-player poker client available there. There are plenty of poker games on Steam – Texas Hold’em in particular – but the vast majority of them are single-player, and with the poker portion of the game tending to be packaged within some other kind of context, be it an animated comedy as in “Poker Night at the Inventory,” or a casual management simulation as in “Governor of Poker 2.”
If successful, the game will be made available to download via Stream distribution channels across Windows and iOS clients. It will be the first and only multiplayer online poker game available via the Steam platform.
“We have submitted the Full Tilt software to the Steam Greenlight process because we want to introduce the game we love to a whole new market of players who already enjoy competition, strategy and online games” said a Full Tilt spokesperson. “We believe that poker is a fun, safe and competitive game that anyone can play, and that Steam is a great place to introduce poker to new audiences.”
If you don’t have a steam account already signing up is free and easy. Once you have created an account or if you already have one just head on over to Full Tilt Greenlight and cast your vote.
So, will we see Full Tilt played on the new Steam Machines? What’s your opinion?