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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

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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Nitsuga Sep 27, 2021
My friends used to meme me a lot about Linux but,

Since the lack of freedom and well-functionality/stability that Windows offers (none of them even pay for it) everyone now says: "If I can play Siege or DBD on Linux I'm switching."

Now this is epic. We have to push developers to give support. I payed for those games.
techiejunk06 Sep 27, 2021
keep them coming Valve! . .
rustybroomhandle Sep 28, 2021
Quoting: Guestjust one click (such as unreal engine)

I can assure you it's WAY more work than just one click.
Mal Sep 29, 2021
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Quoting: GuestAnd it's opt-in... Fantastic 🙄

I understand frustration but... what would people expect?

DRM are made for publishers, not gamers. Their job is to remove agency from gamers and give it to publishers. They are made to reduce game experience, not to enable it.

So it's only natural that on this they let publishers opt-in rather than opt-out. It's not like suddenly we want gamers to play where they want regardless of a publisher monetization strategy.

Sad as it may be the quicker way to make "those few clicks" happen would be for them to find the nuts to ask gamers a commission with a DLC (e.g.: 10$ - Game on linux DLC: adds support for playing on proton).

Last edited by Mal on 29 September 2021 at 10:47 am UTC
furaxhornyx Sep 29, 2021
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Quoting: Mal[...]Sad as it may be the quicker way to make "those few clicks" happen would be for them to find the nuts to ask gamers a commission with a DLC (e.g.: 10$ - Game on linux DLC: adds support for playing on proton).

That would be incredible, let's go !
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