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Just recently we had Epic Games announce that Easy Anti-Cheat now offers proper native Linux support and in addition support for Wine and Steam Play Proton - now we have BattlEye also confirming the same readying up for the Steam Deck.

They announced this in a short and to the point Twitter post:

BattlEye has provided native Linux and Mac support for a long time and we can announce that we will also support the upcoming Steam Deck (Proton). This will be done on an opt-in basis with game developers choosing whether they want to allow it or not.

So again developers will have a bit of work to do as it's not going to be automatic, so it remains to be seen what developers will actually enable this. Considering the Steam Deck has already seemingly done quite well on reservations, there will be a lot of disappointed players if some games are blocked when they ship with the Arch Linux-based SteamOS 3 distribution.

BattlEye was another blocker for Proton, not working, despite so many popular online Windows games using it. Games that currently use BattlEye include (but not limited to):

  • Conan Exiles
  • DayZ
  • Planetside 2
  • PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS

Even though it's opt-in like EAC, it's still very important progress. Now is the time to make developers aware that you want to see their games get this hooked up and ready.

A good time to remind game developers and readers to ensure you email us news tips, especially if a game enables this to start working so we don't miss it.

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Liam Dawe 25 Sep
Quoting: ageres
QuotePlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG)
It's been renamed to PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS recently (PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds: BATTLEGROUNDS).
Thanks, didn't realise since I don't play it.
KuJo 25 Sep
After all, there are already developers who keep an eye on Proton users. Hello Games, for example:.

https://www.gamingonlinux.com/2019/09/hello-games-continue-fixing-up-linux-issues-for-no-mans-sky-in-steam-play

So I assume that we will see both: Developers who don't give a shit that there are Proton players. And some that are also happy to simply reach Linux players with a few clicks.
Quoting: Arten
Quoting: DerpFox
Quoting: CatKillerSo now all Valve need to do is keep this device highly desirable, and sell enough units that it represents a significant number of users rather than a potentially significant number of potential users.

EZ.

That will be a big problem if Valve keep selling their hardware exclusively on Steam and not in the usual store circuit. Particularly for the Deck, whatever people say it's not just an ultra-mobile gaming computer it's a handheld console. And console sell way better when you can found them everywhere.

They're sold out for six months. If they start selling it outside of steam, it'll be when they meet all the demand from Steam. If you look at index, you will find that constantly some variant of is out of stock. From this I conclude that even the Index is not yet able to produce in sufficient quantities.

Out of stock, yes, but we have no idea what that means in terms of numbers. Could be 10000000, could be 10000. This thing needs a mainstream reach of a Nintendo Switch in order to benefit the linux gaming ecosystem in any meaningful way.

In fairness, I have no doubt that these preorders are a limited run to gauge interests before they go into mass production
TheRiddick 25 Sep
Tarkov also, but that isn't a steam game but can run via proton. Lots of people play that one.

There is also ARMA-3


Last edited by TheRiddick on 25 September 2021 at 9:25 am UTC
furaxhornyx 25 Sep
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Looks like I will no longer have an excuse to not play PUBG PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS
Quoting: scainePlanetside 2... I last played that in 2012, on Windows, a year before jumping ship forever. It's... it's still going???

This is all just incredible. Amazing. I'm gobsmacked. Valve just smacked me in the gob!

Yup planetside 2 is still a thing not as many on the server but you can still get good fights
Eike 25 Sep
Quoting: LibertyPaulMIn fairness, I have no doubt that these preorders are a limited run to gauge interests before they go into mass production

And they do the same trick for GPUs an PS5?

No, no matter how many they want to make, there's a supply problem.
elmapul 25 Sep
Quoting: Slyvan
Quoting: DerpFox
Quoting: CatKillerSo now all Valve need to do is keep this device highly desirable, and sell enough units that it represents a significant number of users rather than a potentially significant number of potential users.

EZ.

That will be a big problem if Valve keep selling their hardware exclusively on Steam and not in the usual store circuit. Particularly for the Deck, whatever people say it's not just an ultra-mobile gaming computer it's a handheld console. And console sell way better when you can found them everywhere.


I hope not steam had to cut their budget already. Distribution through other companies could make the steam deck .ore expensive aka less desirable then a switch for the normies.

valve is an software company, they may not have the physical infra structure and economics of scale to distribute it thenselves at an low cost.
if making your own store was cheaper than selling on thirdy party stores, many companies would sell their own products by then selves nowadays, but that is not the case.
the cost for valve to store unsold units and sell then by thenselves may not worth it in some regions, outsource it to someone who better understand this market may be an better solution.
slapin 25 Sep
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Yeah, anti-cheat is most important program to have, now all game companies will start make Linux native ports of games (unlikely).
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