Traditionally, the computer gaming market has been among the niches least impacted by the open-source movement. But that could change dramatically if the developers behind the cross-platform, real-time strategy game 0 A.D. succeed in redefining the way games are created, marketed and distributed. Here’s why:
Look around the IT world today and you’ll find dozens of areas in which open-source offerings enjoy substantial shares of markets which, until a few years ago, were the exclusive domains of proprietary products. GPL’d virtualization hypervisors like Xen and KVM now present serious competition for VMware, for example, while Oracle’s OpenOffice — and its anti-Oracle fork, LibreOffice — dig ever deeper into Microsoft Office’s side. The list could go on.