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Today, Easy Anti-Cheat from Epic Games / Epic Online Services has officially announced a full expansion for Linux including native builds and Wine + Proton. This is big for Linux Gaming and the Steam Deck.

For those who don't know, Epic Games owns Easy Anti-Cheat and earlier this year they made it free for all developers making Windows games. Today this has been expanded to fully support developers doing native Linux games (and macOS too).

Not only that, this is the big one we've been waiting for — they've also expanded Easy Anti-Cheat support officially for the Wine and Steam Play Proton compatibility layers.

Earlier this year, Easy Anti-Cheat for Windows games was made available to all developers, for free. Today, we extend support to Linux and Mac for developers who maintain full native builds of their games for these platforms.

To make it easy for developers to ship their games across PC platforms, support for the Wine and Proton compatibility layers on Linux is included. Starting with the latest SDK release, developers can activate anti-cheat support for Linux via Wine or Proton with just a few clicks in the Epic Online Services Developer Portal.

Sadly it's not an automatic thing for Wine and Proton, as developers do need to actively go and do those "few clicks" but it's a huge step. In the documentation, it says how developers need to "test and activate client module updates for Linux regularly in addition to Windows". Hopefully many developers will go and do it, since it sounds like very little effort on their part. Considering just how many of the most popular games use Easy Anti-Cheat, this is the start of something massive.

Have a favourite Windows game that doesn't work on Linux currently with Proton or Wine? Looks like it's time to politely ask them to hook it up. Just a few of those that would hopefully work if developers update include:

  • Apex Legends
  • Dead by Daylight
  • Fall Guys
  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection
  • Rust

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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Quinn 25 Sep
Quoting: Mal
Quoting: QuinnMore likely that Valve dumped a steaming pile of cash on Tim's lawn.

Lol.

I don't know why but this sentence of yours reminded me of a piece of lore I once read about Orks in WH40K, on how they only put value in weapons but that nobody can successfully trade weapons with them.

"The only thing that Tim values is cash. However nobody was ever able to successfully trade cash with him. In fact due to his self righteous nature, once he receives the cash he will immediately use it to sue whoever gave it to him." 😂🤣😅

Love it! 🤣🤣🤣
richip 26 Sep
New World starts on Proton and gets the point where you join a server and fails because of EAC. Hopefully this fixes it. I paid for thinking it would work on Linux with just Proton
Quoting: rustybroomhandleWe're about to find out how little some of these publishers/developers actually care about Linux. "just a few clicks", can they be bothered?

sadly history has proven No no they can't
nenoro 27 Sep
By the way someone should call ubisoft and tell them since they don't care on their own forums about this information.
https://support.fatshark.se/hc/en-us/articles/4408080108817--PC-Regarding-Easy-Anti-Cheat-and-Linux-Wine-Proton-Support

QuoteCurrently, Vermintide 2 will not work for Linux users via Wine/Proton as it has to be manually enabled on our end. Whilst we wish it could be done in a couple of clicks, realistically we require dedicated resource, planning and QA to ensure it runs as seamlessly as possible.
Boldos 29 Sep
Quoting: nenoroBefore this news
EG: there's no player on linux

After this news
EG: let's support linux

What element has changed their mind ?
Well, I guess this might have an impact too....
Maybe - as part of all the above said - Epic are also searching for some new "hunting grounds" for their games...?
Apple scores legal win over Epic in Fortnite lawsuit: What you need to know
I know, I know, Valve takes 30% too. But lets not forget that if a game is big enough, they take a smaller percentage...
nenoro 1 Oct
Quoting: Boldos
Quoting: nenoroBefore this news
EG: there's no player on linux

After this news
EG: let's support linux

What element has changed their mind ?
Well, I guess this might have an impact too....
Maybe - as part of all the above said - Epic are also searching for some new "hunting grounds" for their games...?
Apple scores legal win over Epic in Fortnite lawsuit: What you need to know
I know, I know, Valve takes 30% too. But lets not forget that if a game is big enough, they take a smaller percentage...

that is what i was thinking about losing a case against apple then fight back with linux they planned it but hoped to use a plan C
Guppy 4 Oct
Quoting: Boldos
Quoting: nenoroBefore this news
EG: there's no player on linux

After this news
EG: let's support linux

What element has changed their mind ?
Well, I guess this might have an impact too....
Maybe - as part of all the above said - Epic are also searching for some new "hunting grounds" for their games...?
Apple scores legal win over Epic in Fortnite lawsuit: What you need to know
I know, I know, Valve takes 30% too. But lets not forget that if a game is big enough, they take a smaller percentage...

well 30% of 0 is 0.. Fortinite is free 2 play, and as far as I know valve doesn't take a piece of IAP or in anyway shape or form try to prevent you from having you own ingame shop.

I could be wrong ofc.
wondering why nobody is mentioning, that pavlov seemes to have enabled eac for proton. i got no word from the developer, just two guys from their discord confirmed my experience: pavlov worked fine on two days with more than 1h gameplay. eac started and threw no errors.

Whats even more markable is, that this is no move to achived sells through steam deck


Last edited by Sil_el_mot on 6 October 2021 at 6:19 am UTC
dxmn 6 Oct
This article suggests that Rust, War Thunder, Dead by Daylight and Ark should all be supported on the Steam Deck/Proton from what the developers said
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