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Recently, there were was an upgrade to the Battle.net client that caused it to break on Linux desktop / Steam Deck but it seems the issue is thankfully solved now.

The thing is, Blizzard don't support Linux as a platform at all for the client or their games. However, they do have a bit of history of now and then fixing up major issues preventing people playing with the Wine compatibility layer. Seems that level of support is still ongoing after the latest incident.

Around 9 days ago, it seems an update just broke it entirely and the app wouldn't install and update properly resulting in some sort of loop. While it's a shame no testing is done for Linux and Steam Deck before updates are rolled out, at least we're not stuck forever as they've now solved it:

Howdy Everyone!

I do apologies we didn’t post here sooner but the development teams was aware that a recent change did cause havoc with Wine and the software used for Steam Deck. This wasn’t intended.

A fix was deployed and it appears it’s working. If you are still having issues please try a reinstall of the app so it fully updates to the 8020 build.

Check on it today and it seems all good on my end now too.

Good news, since Overwatch 2 releases next month and I'm sure plenty will want to play it.

Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
Tags: Apps, Meta, Wine
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Linas 26 Sep
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They most likely have Linux enthusiasts in the company, but the bean counters would not let them support Linux officially, because there is "no market" for it.
ahoneybun 26 Sep
What's odd is that it worked for me on Fedora/Nobara if I used the WINE version that shipped out of the box but not for anything else. Glad to see that it is fixed though for my partner who is on Pop!_OS.
Raaben 26 Sep
I'm surprised they directly addressed it instead of a quiet fix. I know Blizz has been secretly pretty Linux/WINE friendly, but they don't usually come out and say it like they did here, do they?
AsciiWolf 26 Sep
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Quoting: RaabenI'm surprised they directly addressed it instead of a quiet fix. I know Blizz has been secretly pretty Linux/WINE friendly, but they don't usually come out and say it like they did here, do they?

Longer time ago, they even officially sent some patches to Wine to make WoW run better.
Raaben 26 Sep
Quoting: AsciiWolf
Quoting: RaabenI'm surprised they directly addressed it instead of a quiet fix. I know Blizz has been secretly pretty Linux/WINE friendly, but they don't usually come out and say it like they did here, do they?

Longer time ago, they even officially sent some patches to Wine to make WoW run better.

Never knew that. Way back they even had that unreleased internal Linux build of WoW, so the desire is/was there. Nice to see them keeping it up, even if it is unofficial.
ShabbyX 26 Sep
Quoting: LinasThey most likely have Linux enthusiasts in the company, but the bean counters would not let them support Linux officially, because there is "no market" for it.

According to stackoverflow surveys, 25% of devs are Linux devs. So every company no matter how windows-centric it may be, it has Linux devs working for it. And Linux devs take care of Linux users, no matter what the company officially does ;)
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The question that pops up in my mind is whether Steam Deck/Linux should support Blizzard...
Anyone here using Lutris? Reinstall it or run it, letting it update?
Kuduzkehpan 26 Sep
QuoteAnyone here using Lutris? Reinstall it or run it, letting it update?
i'm using lutris i just installed it works like a charm. İnstalled diablo 3 too same results.
Linas 26 Sep
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Quoting: GuestObligatory stop promoting Blizzard comment. [...] Blizzard, EA and Ubi can all go die in a fire.
I get the sentiment, but to succeed as a platform, we need support from these companies. Otherwise Linux will always be a niche market.
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