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A look at the top 100 Steam games on Linux - January 2022 edition

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To begin 2022, let's take a fresh look at the current top 100 Steam games and see how well (or not) the run on Linux.

As part of a series we shall be doing, where we first took a proper look at this back in October 2021, including games that are both Native to Linux and Windows games that are run through the Steam Play Proton compatibility layer. With help from ProtonDB reports to investigate.

Something to keep in mind is that while the top 5-10 games doesn't change too often on Steam, the rest do fluctuate quite a lot as it often depends on some of the bigger releases that appear. We are once again going by the numbers on SteamDB using their 24 hour peak-player count. Take this as your snapshot of how things are a month before the Steam Deck releases to see what you might expect to work or not.

Over time the compatibility is expected to increase thanks to native ports, more Windows-only games working with Steam Play Proton and now Easy Anti-Cheat and BattlEye have expanded their support.

Name 24 Hr Peak Linux Status
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive 802,899 Linux Native
Dota 2 723,708 Linux Native
PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS 336,367 Broken (Anti-Cheat)
Apex Legends 216,295 Broken (Anti-Cheat)
Grand Theft Auto V 142,431 Works with Proton
NARAKA: BLADEPOINT 137,210 Broken (Anti-Cheat)
Team Fortress 2 127,787 Linux Native
Rust 110,963 Broken (Anti-Cheat)
New World 109,256 Broken (Anti-Cheat)
Football Manager 2022 84,705 Works with Proton
ARK: Survival Evolved 84,566 Linux Native and Works with Proton
Wallpaper Engine 76,064 Sort-of works with KDE Plasma
MIR4 70,919 Broken
Warframe 70,883 Works with Proton
FIFA 22 70,373 Works with Proton
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 70,072 Works with Proton
Destiny 2 69,132 Broken (Anti-Cheat)
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege 65,840 Broken (Anti-Cheat)
FINAL FANTASY XIV Online 58,414 Works with Proton
Project Zomboid 57,533 Linux Native
7 Days to Die 56,932 Linux Native
Farming Simulator 22 55,657 Works with Proton
Dead by Daylight 55,320 Broken (Anti-Cheat)
Terraria 51,900 Linux Native
Rocket League 51,503 Works with Proton*
DayZ 49,610 Works with Proton
Valheim 48,871 Linux Native
Sid Meier's Civilization VI 48,626 Linux Native
SUPER PEOPLE CBT 48,160 Broken
Halo Infinite 47,576 Broken
PAYDAY 2 46,869 Linux Native
Euro Truck Simulator 2 46,764 Linux Native
Unturned 44,374 Linux Native
World of Tanks Blitz 43,230 Works with Proton
Stardew Valley 42,350 Linux Native
Don't Starve Together 40,850 Linux Native
Hearts of Iron IV 40,452 Linux Native
Garry's Mod 38,316 Linux Native
War Thunder 38,194 Linux Native
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition 36,657 Works with Proton
Red Dead Redemption 2 35,314 Works with Proton
Sea of Thieves 33,711 Works with Proton*
Phasmophobia 33,508 Works with Proton*
Hunt: Showdown 30,944 Broken (Anti-Cheat)
The Elder Scrolls Online 28,763 Works with Proton
Total War: WARHAMMER II 28,718 Linux Native
Left 4 Dead 2 28,591 Linux Native
Monster Hunter: World 28,102 Works with Proton
The Sims 4 26,391 Works with Proton
Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord 25,881 Works with Proton
Bloons TD 6 25,531 Works with Proton
VRChat 25,314 Works with Proton
Europa Universalis IV 24,501 Linux Native
Black Desert 24,149 Broken (Anti-Cheat)
雀魂麻将(MahjongSoul) 23,854 Works with Proton
The Forest 23,626 Works with Proton
Battlefield V 23,484 Works with Proton
F1 2021 23,351 Unstable with Proton, has issues*
Cyberpunk 2077 22,964 Works with Proton
Satisfactory 22,875 Works with Proton
Sid Meier's Civilization V 22,717 Linux Native
Stellaris 22,422 Linux Native
RimWorld 22,180 Linux Native
The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth 22,077 Linux Native*
Fallout 4 21,730 Works with Proton
Cities: Skylines 21,316 Linux Native
DARK SOULS III 21,295 Works with Proton
Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition 21,207 Works with Proton*
tModLoader 20,663 Linux Native
Brawlhalla 20,611 Works with Proton*
Forza Horizon 4 20,608 Unstable with Proton
It Takes Two 20,595 Works with Proton
NBA 2K22 20,079 Works with Proton
Forza Horizon 5 19,778 Unstable with Proton
Age of Empires IV 19,775 Unstable with Proton
Cookie Clicker 19,163 Works with Proton
SMITE 18,911 Works with Proton GE
Football Manager 2021 18,730 Works with Proton
Arma 3 18,396 Works with Proton
Crusader Kings III 17,797 Linux Native
鬼谷八荒 Tale of Immortal 17,579 Works with Proton
Counter-Strike 17,294 Linux Native
Factorio 16,278 Linux Native
Icarus 16,270 Broken
Path of Exile 15,741 Works with Proton
Deep Rock Galactic 15,648 Works with Proton
Dying Light 15,569 Linux Native
Among Us 15,061 Works with Proton
Raft 14,448 Works with Proton
Ready or Not 14,184 Works with Proton
Battlefield 2042 14,174 Broken (Anti-Cheat)
Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout 13,949 Broken (Anti-Cheat)
Oxygen Not Included 13,912 Linux Native
Divinity: Original Sin 2 13,693 Works with Proton
SCUM 13,672 Broken (Anti-Cheat)
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice 13,579 Works with Proton
Soundpad 13,568 Broken
theHunter: Call of the Wild 13,555 Works with Proton
Conan Exiles 13,532 Broken (Anti-Cheat)
Gunfire Reborn 13,205 Works with Proton

Notes:

  • Proton GE refers to the community-built version of Proton. So while it requires adding it manually (which takes all of 5 minutes), it still works. This is sometimes needed for games where videos don't work with the official Proton. Valve is working on getting them all working out of the box with official Proton.
  • Rocket League works but was removed from Steam for new players. However, it does work with Wine (which Proton is built from) if you use something like the Heroic Games Launcher to get it from Epic.
  • Sea of Thieves voice comms don't work.
  • Phasmophobia just recently seemed to fix the voice comms with Proton.
  • We did not count Myth of Empires, as Steam delisted it due to ongoing legal troubles.
  • F1 2021 had some fixes for AMD GPUs lately but still seem pretty problematic overall.
  • The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth is Linux Native, but the latest DLC is Windows-only but that does work with Proton.
  • Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition works but online multiplayer can desync unless you do a small fix.
  • Brawlhalla added EAC, which you can disable and they're trying to support Proton with it.

With not long to go until the Steam Deck releases, hopefully Valve still have a few releases of Proton to improve things further. Anti-Cheat continues to be the biggest hurdle for Linux gaming and the Steam Deck. We've not seen many titles at all enable it officially, with the current list being quite small. We do expect that to change if the Steam Deck is a success though, and we fully expect it to be - as long as Valve can get enough units produced.

A few false-flags have appeared over the last few months like Rainbox Six Siege suddenly working, however do remember that until Valve or the developer actually confirm it, they will likely (and it did) stop working due to the anti-cheat.

Personally, I've not been able to get DayZ to work myself (now it's supported) but I know plenty of others have. Even with the suggested fixes, I just get a black screen, which is a shame. In some ways Proton is still a bit of a minefield like that, hopefully a solution will be found.

The most important part — the numbers: we're currently seeing around 76% of the top 100 (based on peak player counts) as of January 2022 working on Linux with Native Linux games and Windows games in Proton taken together. So, things are looking pretty good ahead of the Steam Deck launch since it will use SteamOS 3 which is based on Arch Linux.

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Liam Dawe 4 Jan
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Quoting: rustybroomhandleWhy? This makes no sense. If that is the expectation they are setting for your users then yes, but if they are telling people that "these 80% verified green tick games work" then you should not expect to run the other 20% and then complain about it.

Well, if you go to the website, they don't say anything about some of your games not working. They set up expectations to the contrary like:

Steam, without compromises

Your Steam library is already on your Deck.

Once you've logged into Steam Deck, your entire Steam Library shows up, just like any other PC. You'll be able to find your collections and favorites - exactly where you left them.
And I still think it's really bad to market it like that, but the other side is...it's marketing, of course they're going to say that. The reality, as we all know, is different. Unless, they are hiding a number of Proton updates and have more anti-cheat stuff lined up.
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Quoting: Liam Dawe
Quoting: pleasereadthemanual
Quoting: rustybroomhandleWhy? This makes no sense. If that is the expectation they are setting for your users then yes, but if they are telling people that "these 80% verified green tick games work" then you should not expect to run the other 20% and then complain about it.

Well, if you go to the website, they don't say anything about some of your games not working. They set up expectations to the contrary like:

Steam, without compromises

Your Steam library is already on your Deck.

Once you've logged into Steam Deck, your entire Steam Library shows up, just like any other PC. You'll be able to find your collections and favorites - exactly where you left them.
And I still think it's really bad to market it like that, but the other side is...it's marketing, of course they're going to say that. The reality, as we all know, is different. Unless, they are hiding a number of Proton updates and have more anti-cheat stuff lined up.

I don't begrudge them for it, I was simply challenging the argument that all customers know what they're getting into. We know the reality is different, but I have to wonder how many others don't.

On the other hand, of course, you are right. They have to come out strong with a product like this, not start putting doubts into customers' minds. I'm personally partial to CodeWeavers' marketing for CrossOver, but that's a $60 software product that you can trial. Not a $399 hunk of metal you have to ship back.

I've heard some strange rumors about Valve holding onto an "internal" version of Proton that is supposedly much different to what regular users have access to, but I've dismissed it as people misunderstanding something about ProtonDB.

Time will tell, I suppose.
Liam Dawe 4 Jan
Quoting: pleasereadthemanualI've heard some strange rumors about Valve holding onto an "internal" version of Proton that is supposedly much different to what regular users have access to, but I've dismissed it as people misunderstanding something about ProtonDB.
Valve 100% said they have Proton work that's not public, but we don't know if any of that has been released since. This was in a Steamworks video in July https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Q_C5KVJbUw
Valve is making a huge mistake though trusting game developers/publishers to just enable anticheat for Proton on their games. I still think hardly any of them will bother. Does not matter how easy Valve makes it.
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Incredibly, the only games on that list I'd like to play, but can't, are Destiny 2 and Apex Legends. The former because I've played it on Stadia and generally enjoyed it, and the latter because I'd quite like to try it out for a bit, but probably wouldn't stick around.

And Icarus I suppose. I love 7D2D, so that could be an interesting title to try.

So I do really hope that the SteamDeck brings a bit of pressure to the big publishers to enable anti-cheat. The rest can be solved by wine/proton updates.
This list is actually worse than people realize lol. A lot of the work with Proton games only work on specific hardware and or distros.

I've been using Linux for over a decade and couldn't get AoE2's multiplayer to work for me. I also had issues with infinite mouse acceleration that others also experienced. But its simpler to ignore those people and pretend that the game 'just works' on proton. Similar issues with It Takes Two, it just would not install on Linux Mint. I read on ProtonDb it installs great on other distros but again we're living in fantasy land.

And no users are not even going to hit 70 percent of games bring playable IMO, its closer to 50 - 60 and even then some tweaks are required. Feels like we are setting newbies up like what happened with LTTs videos. They are going to realize how much of a headache it still is and be off put by Linux once again.

Imo we should temper expectations. And unless something PERFECTLY works across multiple distros and hardware writing 'Works with Proton' is extremely misleading and setting up new users for failure.
Liam Dawe 4 Jan
Quoting: [Linuxtayshady]This list is actually worse than people realize lol. A lot of the work with Proton games only work on specific hardware and or distros.
The list of games that only work on one GPU vendor is very short and I don't believe any in that list only work with one vendor. There's a couple we listed as Unstable pretty clearly and they are not included in the %.

Quoting: [Linuxtayshady]Similar issues with It Takes Two, it just would not install on Linux Mint.
Uh, if you're failing to even install something, I think there's bigger issues on your system ;)

Quoting: [Linuxtayshady]And no users are not even going to hit 70 percent of games bring playable IMO, its closer to 50 - 60 and even then some tweaks are required. Feels like we are setting newbies up like what happened with LTTs videos. They are going to realize how much of a headache it still is and be off put by Linux once again.
It will of course be different for everyone. This article is not a "you will see x amount", the article is very clearly targetting the top 100.

Quoting: [Linuxtayshady]Imo we should temper expectations. And unless something PERFECTLY works across multiple distros and hardware writing 'Works with Proton' is extremely misleading and setting up new users for failure.
There is no such thing as perfect, never will be. You can literally never account for every single random piece of hardware or distribution run by users. It's exactly the same for Windows and how some people can't get x game working. There is no misleading because random Joe couldn't get some random game working on their random distribution they found on some outdated list somewhere.


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Quoting: Liam DaweUh, if you're failing to even install something, I think there's bigger issues on your system ;)

Look IDC if you want to be defensive about an operating system and it's game comptability. You chalk it off to some obscure hardware or something, I'm running official and up to date Nvidia graphics drivers on a 3070 Ti and on Linux Mint 20.2...one of the most popular distros right now.

The fact of the matter is if you did ANY type of research into what I just said, simply pulling up the ProtonDB page for It Takes Two for instance, you would've seen that people with Linux Mint are unable to get the game to run.

Quoting: Liam DaweThere is no such thing as perfect, never will be. You can literally never account for every single random piece of hardware or distribution run by users. It's exactly the same for Windows and how some people can't get x game working. There is no misleading because random Joe couldn't get some random game working on their random distribution they found on some outdated list somewhere.

Yes there is, when it works for 90+% of users of any type of distro I'd consider that perfect. I'm under a strong impression that most of what is listed as 'Just works' does not work for 90+% of Linux users right now. That's the sad reality, maybe half of what you listed will actually 'Just work'.

That's how it is in Windows, that's the reality. It's not a guessing game on your hardware and what version Windows update you're running. Again you're setting up for more LTTs and your defensiveness shows that we have a long way to go as the community.

Imagine if we had instead of boasting about Linux and how 80% of the top 100 games work, we tempered expectation and were realistic about Linux's game compatability, I guarantee that LTT video would look a lot different right now.


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Quoting: rustybroomhandleValve is making a huge mistake though trusting game developers/publishers to just enable anticheat for Proton on their games. I still think hardly any of them will bother. Does not matter how easy Valve makes it.
What exactly do you propose as an alternative? Valve can't put working-on-Linux anti-cheat into other developer's games. They can't de-list games that don't work on Linux, since for all the strategic importance that Linux gaming has for Valve almost all of their money comes from Windows gamers. They can't ban anti-cheat from Steam and make the choice into put your game on Steam and have a load of cheaters, or put your game onto the store of an anti-cheat vendor and don't. Valve did succeed in encouraging developers to make native Linux games, but they couldn't entice the majority, and those games didn't have anti-cheat despite native anti-cheat having worked for years.

The carrot of making it really easy to do and the stick of not having the exposure of being on a highly desirable device are the tools that they have available to them.
Liam Dawe 4 Jan
Quoting: [Linuxtayshady]Look IDC if you want to be defensive about an operating system and it's game comptability. You chalk it off to some obscure hardware or something, I'm running official and up to date Nvidia graphics drivers on a 3070 Ti and on Linux Mint 20.2...one of the most popular distros right now.
No one is being defensive here, except perhaps you? I can't say I've ever had an issue installing a game through Steam. It really is the most basic feature. Did you open a bug report? Can we see it?

Quoting: [Linuxtayshady]Yes there is, when it works for 90+% of users of any type of distro I'd consider that perfect. I'm under a strong impression that most of what is listed as 'Just works' does not work for 90+% of Linux users right now. That's the sad reality, maybe half of what you listed will actually 'Just work'.
So pure conjecture based on feelings by the sounds of it.
Quoting: [Linuxtayshady]That's how it is in Windows, that's the reality. It's not a guessing game on your hardware and what version Windows update you're running. Again you're setting up for more LTTs and your defensiveness shows that we have a long way to go as the community.
Again, not being defensive. You can't hide a lack of an argument by claiming someone is being defensive. It's weird.
Quoting: [Linuxtayshady]Imagine if we had instead of boasting about Linux and how 80% of the top 100 games work, we tempered expectation and were realistic about Linux's game compatability, I guarantee that LTT video would look a lot different right now.
This is a realistic look, based on thousands of reports across many distributions and hardware combinations. Those that don't work say so, those that are unstable say so, those that "just work" for the majority say so.

Honestly, your posts just come across as a disgruntled user who couldn't get something working so thinks that's the case for most people.
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