Boiling Steam: Call for Contributors

Boiling Steam has been operating as a Linux gaming focused publication for many years now (since 2014), and we have had major growth in audience in the past 2 years. We have been featured in well known publications such as PCGamer, Kotaku, Gamespot, and more. To keep increasing our coverage, both in volume and quality, we are looking for new contributors to join our team.

Who we are looking for

No need to send us a very long resume, but to make things simple, we consider the following as minimum requirements:

  • You have been using Linux for a while as a main OS. A couple of years at least.
  • You are an active gamer on Linux. We don’t really care what games you play, but to be clear our focus is mostly on proprietary games, while we can also cover FOSS ones (we love OpenTTD and Minetest).
  • You have a positive bias towards Free and Open Source Software (FOSS).
  • You have a good command of English, even if it’s not your primary language.

What we’d like new contributors to work on

We have lots of ground to cover – we’d like new contributors to help in one or several of the following areas:

  • Video content: expanding our reach through Youtube and Peertube
  • Hardware reviews
  • FOSS reviews/guides, not just limited to Linux gaming
  • Game Reviews: we have access to more games than we have time to cover them
  • Steam Deck specific coverage
  • Data analysis: we are fond of data journalism and we are already quite active in that area.
  • Interviews with developers or key personalities in the industry
  • Event attendance and reports

If any of the above topics is something you enjoy doing, there’s probably something we can work on together!

How we work together

We rely on peer reviews for most of the content we publish. You can see this article explaining what goes on behind the scenes at Boiling Steam before a large article usually gets published on Boiling Steam. To give you a TLDR, our work revolves around the following tools:

We are always considering new tools as we go, but we have a heavy bias towards FOSS tools and platforms.

Why join us?

Excellent question! We are a unique publication: we focus on providing actual insights beyond press releases or rehashing what everyone else is doing. We create content that tends to stay relevant more than just a few hours or a few days. Our key members are very experienced writers who can also help you grow in your style and thinking. You’d get to know rumors and news before anyone else. You would also get to experience some games before they are released.

It’s not just about us! You get to become a vibrant player in the Linux gaming community and contribute back to the Free and Open Source world as well through your coverage. You will also get a shot at seeing your articles shine on well known publications now and then.

Ultimately, you should join because it is fun, and because we have a great community (on Matrix and Mastodon) that you would also get to know and be a part of.

Do we have your attention?

While we are always happy to consider new ad-hoc contributions, right now we are actively looking for someone new to join us. We have plenty of ideas for you to pursue or space for you to find your own. If you are interested… We look forward to hearing from you and working together!

Please contact us using the below form, before the 15th of July 2022!


BoilingSteam lets you access our content for free, but writing articles is a constant investment. We don't use ads or sponsporship, help us make our activities sustainable by donating via Patreon or LiberaPay if you prefer it anonymous. You can follow what we do via our newsletter, our RSS feed, our Mastodon profile or our Twitter feed. We also have Peertube, Youtube and LBRY channels. If you'd like to chat, you can also find us on #boilingsteam:matrix.org. (what is Matrix?)

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Karl Marx

Basically, I like the unified approach of GNU Guix more than NixOS. But there are two specific questions I have:
1. Why do they use Guile when Chez is equally easy to use and has much higher performance: https://ecraven.github.io/r7rs-benchmarks/
2. What is your gaming performance in GNU Guix (in terms of FPS) compared to eg Ubuntu, Arch, Fedora and Clear Linux. Could you do a basic benchmark with more than 5 different titles so we can see how good GNU Guix’s gaming performance is compared to these four distros?

Last edited 13 days ago by Karl Marx
Karl Marx

I also had a question about this article at the beginning, but then I changed my mind. I could occasionally help as a contributor, but I’m using FreeBSD and I see you’re looking for persons who use Linux. I think even though FreeBSD is fundamentally different from Linux, I’m still close enough to Linux. FreeBSD has Linux emulation, I use it eg for my Nvidia drivers and I can also use it for many apps. We can use linux-steam-utils on FreeBSD. While it doesn’t work equally well on FreeBSD, it’s very similar. FreeBSD is currently more restricted to FOSS apps… Read more »

Karl Marx

I will not be able to make a decision until around 14 July. At the moment I don’t have enough time but I’m going to reevaluate it. I did some more research on Chez and will do a post in the Guix article.