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Back in August 2018, Valve announced their new Steam Play feature with the Proton software in the Linux Steam client to play Windows-only Steam games on Linux. A little note about what platform is counted for sales.

When we spoke to Valve originally back then (shown in an update to our original article), we asked about how the sales would show up for developers and this was the response:

Hey Liam, the normal algorithm is in effect, so if at the end of the two weeks you have more playtime on Linux, it'll be a Linux sale. Proton counts as Linux.

It seems that there might be some issues where it's not correctly counted, so it shows up as a normal Windows sale as a user noted on Reddit. Since reaching out to Valve, developer Pierre-Loup Griffais has released this quick and simple statement on Twitter for all to read:

That doesn't seem like intended behavior, we'll look into it. At this early stage, the team's focus is still on compatibility and performance, so it might take a little bit.

As with anything new and in constant development there's going to be teething issues. Hopefully this hasn't been too widespread though if true.


Update 19/02/20: I've now had this verified by a developer whose game I purchased on Linux, then played entirely on Linux and I know a few others who did the same and the developer told me all show up as Windows sales.

Update #2: See a clear statement from Valve in this latest article.

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In the Reddit post, the original author comments that he played the game for 1 hour. That might be part of it?
Just in January 27 I bought some Windows games for my Gaming Digest account... Two weeks have passed ¬¬
Linas 11 Feb
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Quoting: TheRiddickNot surprised, the whole system is rigged to throw numbers at windows stat data, not at all surprised linux slips past due to system-statistical errors.
It just defaults to Windows, unless very specific criteria is met. Bought on the Android app, bought a key on a store, got it in a bundle, did not manage to play within the first two weeks, all Windows sales.

In the end it doesn't matter, because Mac users are counted the same way. When there are enough of us, all these statistical errors and inaccuracies will no longer play any significant role.
raneon 11 Feb
Well this is unfortunate. I bought so many games trusting Valve to count them correctly as a Linux sale :-(
TheBard 11 Feb
Quoting: lelorrainI'll stop buying this type of games from steam and go to GOG instead

How does GOG count sales? And how GOG reports platform of users to developers?
drmoth 11 Feb
Quoting: Cyba.CowboyAny idea when they're going to update the "white list"?

protondb has a pretty long list of my games with a "Gold+" or "Platinum" rating, yet the "white list" for Proton hasn't been updated in quite a while...

Pretty sure the answer to that is the same listed in the article:

"At this early stage, the team's focus is still on compatibility and performance, so it might take a little bit."

I'm guessing they stopped whitelisting because there's still so much development going on that potentially white-listed games might suffer regression. Plus they've probably got better things to do for the time being, such as working on compatibility and performance.
gojul 11 Feb
Most of my Windows games work flawlessly (not Arkham Knight, still crash prone) at least in solo mode. I do not play multi.

Too bad for the stats but frankly it does not bother me that much since games work great.

Anyway a whitelist update would be great.
kuhpunkt 11 Feb
Quoting: lelorrainAS other users, I bought Windows games on Steam since Proton came out and I am disappointed to learn that that never counted as Linux play! I'll stop buying this type of games from steam and go to GOG instead ... although I will still buy and play Linux games from steam ...

LL

That's not what the article said. It might be buggy in some instances, but saying that they never counted has never been said.
The_Aquabat 11 Feb
well you can always use ArchiSteamFarm to idle the game if you want, even if the game doesn't launch with proton, and you don't need to install it... it will look as it is running and playtime will count in your profile, and ArchiSteamFarm runs on Linux, so.

I like to farm cards to earn some bucks, and I normally do it everytime I buy a game so pretty sure all my games should count as having been ran on Linux. It's completely legal, there is no rule against it and also you won't get a VAC ban.

(I don't know why the other tool similar to this called Idle Master was banned, but I think it was not using SteamKit properly.)


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Liam Dawe 11 Feb
Quoting: Cyba.Cowboy
Quoting: RickAndTired"early stage" he says, yet Proton already allows me to play so many great games effortlessly. I can't wait to see where it keeps going.

Any idea when they're going to update the "white list"?

protondb has a pretty long list of my games with a "Gold+" or "Platinum" rating, yet the "white list" for Proton hasn't been updated in quite a while...

and

Quoting: gojulAnyway a whitelist update would be great.
Why? What do you both need from the whitelist keeping in mind you can manually set Proton on any game now? The whitelist was originally from before they let us do that.
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