Loki Software, Inc. (sometimes also called Loki Games or Loki Entertainment Software) was a software firm based in Tustin, California, United States, that ported several computer games from Microsoft Windows to Linux, including Heroes of Might and Magic III. It took its name from the Norse deity Loki
Loki Software was founded on November 9, 1998 by Scott Draeker, a former lawyer who became interested in porting games to Linux after being introduced to the system through his work as a software licensing attorney. Loki Software, although a commercial failure, is credited with the birth of the modern Linux game industry. Loki developed several free software tools, such as the Loki installer (also known as Loki Setup), and supported the development of the Simple DirectMedia Layer. They also started the OpenAL audio library project (now being run by Creative Technology and Apple Inc.). These are still often credited as being the cornerstones of Linux game development.
In 1999, Loki Software ported Heroes III for Linux.
Although successful in its goal of bringing games to the Linux platform, the company was eventually forced to close due to financial troubles, with it declaring Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection in August 2001, and finally being disbanded in January 2002.
Might and Magic titles Edit
- Heroes of Might and Magic III
- Loki Entertainment Software, Inc. — The Official homepage
- Loki Setup The Loki installer's new homepage
- Icculus.org Ryan Gordon's site, hosting many Loki projects as well as other Linux gaming resources
- Activision and Loki Partner to Bring Games to Linux Linux PR, October 11, 1999