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I recently installed Steam and I see the game Left 4 Dead 2 appear twice, once with a Beta tag and another with the same tag but between parenthesis. Here's a screen capture of what I'm seeing:


What's the difference between these two?

A few days ago I installed the one with the Beta tag in parenthesis and today I purchased the Left 4 Dead + Left 4 Dead 2 bundle ( but so far Left 4 Dead 2 hasn't showed up in my Library. Is it the same as the one I already installed? Should I wait a bit more for it to start downloading (it's been ~30 minutes)? This is really confusing.

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Left 4 Dead 2 for Linux has not left Beta yet. It is still being tested, as the port to Linux is relatively young.

Left 4 Dead 2 (Beta) is the actual game, while Left 4 Dead 2 Beta is the actual beta (as in: the version that is in active development, as opposed to the port).

Therefore, Left 4 Dead 2 (Beta) is most likely the one you're looking for.

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Thanks FEichinger. I still don't understand what is going to happen now that I bought the Left 4 Dead 2 game through Steam. Why was I able to install and play Left 4 Dead 2 (Beta) before I had purchased it? Should it be updated now that I bought it? Should I expect anything to change? – Gabriel Jul 7 '13 at 23:18
First part is not true, it is "officially released on Linux", but you are right that it is the one they are looking for. – Chris Jul 7 '13 at 23:19
@Gabriel I believe that is because there is currently a Free Weekend for Left 4 Dead 2. ;) – user98085 Jul 7 '13 at 23:21
@Chris Huh, interesting. Still doesn't show up in my library. – user98085 Jul 7 '13 at 23:21
@FEichinger it shows Beta in mine too. Not sure why and I haven't tried to play my friends that didn't have the Beta version, but that's what I read from the news post. – Chris Jul 7 '13 at 23:26

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