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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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STiAT 25 Sep
Not that I do care much for anticheat solutions, since I do not play any games which require it, but there are popular games which do. New World uses EAC, as does Ashes of creation, and the mentioned titles.

Any of those popular ACs making more games work take out arguments for Windows gaming.

While I am personally not invested in online games except FFXIV (besides that it's only single player games), I was never bothered much by this, but people playing more online certainly will appreciate it.

I think with EAC being from EA and Valve behind that effort, we'll see more popular games opting in, especially if the deck proves to be successful and devs/publishers want to cater the platform.

I give nothing for steam deck either - but I am not into mobile gaming either, probably I start gathering dust being the old generation of gamer.
KuJo 25 Sep
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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.

Valve answered this question in an QA a few days ago:

QuoteWill Steam Deck be sold in retail stores?

Steam Deck is only available directly via Steam. We may be partnering with retailers as we make Steam Deck available in more regions - more information about that soon.
-> https://www.gamingonlinux.com/2021/09/valve-answer-questions-about-the-steam-deck-in-a-new-faq-anti-cheat-for-all-linux-systems

... so, "more information about that soon" ... and the Steam Deck is currently only available to reserve for the US, UK, Canada and the European Union.


Last edited by KuJo on 25 September 2021 at 12:56 pm UTC
slapin 25 Sep
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Well, the only multiplayer game I played recently is Conan Exiles and it allows disabling EAC. Also I truly believe that if games' "netcode" were designed by engineers it would not require EAC in the first place. Currenly most SP games require constant Internet access to play, also add EAC and Denuvo on top just in case, you can't have too much paranoia, do you?
pete910 25 Sep
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Not interested in wine/proton support tbh, Would be more interested in more native games being shipped now that EAC/BE supports Linux. (I'm looking at the likes of you NWI)

Or is the support only through Wine ?
KohlyKohl 25 Sep
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Quoting: pete910Not interested in wine/proton support tbh, Would be more interested in more native games being shipped now that EAC/BE supports Linux. (I'm looking at the likes of you NWI)

Or is the support only through Wine ?

EAC and BattleEye have had native Linux support for a while. This was just to add support for them through Proton for Wine.
pete910 25 Sep
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Quoting: pete910Not interested in wine/proton support tbh, Would be more interested in more native games being shipped now that EAC/BE supports Linux. (I'm looking at the likes of you NWI)

Or is the support only through Wine ?

EAC and BattleEye have had native Linux support for a while. This was just to add support for them through Proton for Wine.

I knew battle eye did , didn't think EAC did though.
scaine 25 Sep
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Yeah, quite a few games have native EAC, such as 7 Days to Die. The problem has only ever been a) lack of native titles, which is compounded by b) lack of anti-cheat support via Proton.

This fixes b) finally.

Doubt it'll do much to help a) though, I'm afraid.
slaapliedje 25 Sep
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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.
Just get them in Wal-mart and Best Buy and Target. They worked hard on getting the right pricepoint so that it could work in retail.
Lofty 25 Sep
This is fantastic news.

If the developer STILL doesn't support proton/AC in any way shape or form after the wall has been lowered so low they can step over it and gain revenue for next to no effort, for no other good reason that they discriminate against Linux people then maybe we don't need those studios/developers. On any platform.


i guess the only other thing valve could do is lower their take from 30% to like 29.9995% to cover for the cost of adding AC.
All of this because of Valve and their idea to put the Linux as the default OS for Steam Deck. Those companies know most people just want to get their hands on this device and play the games without a deep knowledge to install Windows, so, that's why they now care about Linux.


Last edited by gustavoyaraujo on 25 September 2021 at 3:23 pm UTC
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