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Valve broke Counter-Strike: Global Offensive on Linux, Vulkan may come soon

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Update: 14/12/21 - This has now been fixed.

Despite Valve pushing many areas of Linux gaming, including the upcoming Steam Deck handheld which will use the Arch-based SteamOS 3, they still totally break their own games.

It's pretty concerning that their absolute #1 most popular game on Steam, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, has been thoroughly broken on Linux (and macOS) with the update that landed on Friday, December 10. First, the game wouldn't even launch at all which was thankfully fixed - but there's a pretty huge game-breaking problem still left in.

For this, I don't really need to do much explaining, I think these pictures speak for me:

You can track the open issue for it on GitHub.

It does raise an important question - are Valve even testing updates to their own games on Linux? Something like this should not have slipped through the cracks. If it does when the Steam Deck is out, what hope is there? Valve need to do better. Also, don't deploy on a Friday, you dummies.

There's probably some better news coming though, as it appears Valve are preparing Vulkan support for CS:GO with the use of DXVK-Native just like they did for Portal 2, Left 4 Dead 2 and Half-Life 2. As we posted about recently on Twitter, a new "-vulkan" string was added and you can also see DXVK libs being added too.

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furaxhornyx 14 Dec, 2021
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I am not sure why all the complaints, it just looks like most silver-rated games played through Wine... I mean it is playable after all, right ?
Synchro 14 Dec, 2021
This is only the most visible issue, man I wish I could just play on FastDL servers sometimes..
Liam Dawe 14 Dec, 2021
It's now fixed.
wintermute 14 Dec, 2021
QuoteAlso, don't deploy on a Friday, you dummies.

They've been doing this for a long time. I used to help run LAN parties back in the noughties, CS:GO got an update nearly every Friday night before our Saturday events.

Edit: I meant CS:S, CS:GO wasn't released back then, whoops.

Last edited by wintermute on 17 December 2021 at 9:46 am UTC
Geppeto35 15 Dec, 2021
Do we have the number of daily CSGO players using linux from a reliable source? Is it more than the 1.2% of linux players on steam, equal or less? Can we see/document that from steam reports? Do you know if there is way to know if its a linux, a mac or a window client on a server?
Nitsuga 16 Dec, 2021
Quoting: M@GOid
Quoting: NitsugaThis damn game has been crashing for months now, it all started with the ironic "Broken Fang" update.
L4D2 native crashes a lot as well. It truly feels like a joke.

I was about to say it. This is not the first time this happens with CS:GO on Linux.

Also L4D2 on Linux is more crashy than before, and is not only on Linux. My friends on Windows occasionally crash too, but less often than me.

Absolutely true, a friend of mine has L4D2 crashing as something normal, and his computer randomly reboots while playing it (happens both on Linux and Windows). A whack of a native.
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