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Apex Legends Ignite Update broke anti-cheat on Steam Deck / Linux

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Well, here we go again. Apex Legends just launched the Ignite Update, and with it sadly it seems they messed up Easy Anti-Cheat for Steam Deck / Linux.

I've been sent numerous reports on this from players being kicked, and testing it myself on both Steam Deck and desktop Linux - it will kick you out after matchmaking just before you actually get into a game. All you'll see is the below shot and your only choice is to quit the game.

Pictured - Apex Legends on Steam Deck, broken.

Looking on SteamDB for the update file changes, it seems they removed the needed "easyanticheat_x64.so" file for Linux. This has happened before, and only recently we also had people caught up in a ban-wave that was reversed as well.

So now once again, we play the waiting game until someone at Respawn / EA notice the reports and fix it. Unless it was intentional, we have no idea at this point. The patch notes only mentioned one small anti-cheat update, which was to notify players during a game if a player is removed for cheating.

Currently Apex Legends is Steam Deck Verified.

The trailer for the update is below:

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mr_MADAFAKA Oct 31, 2023
EA never fails to disappoint

Edit:

https://trello.com/c/Nl67WWPb/430-eac-error-on-steam-deck-linux


Last edited by mr_MADAFAKA on 31 October 2023 at 9:21 pm UTC
win8linux Oct 31, 2023
I have only one thing to say in response to this breakage:
Spoiler, click me
Putangina

Conduit would've said the same!
Grogan Oct 31, 2023
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Here we go again? More like here we still are :-)

This is always going to be cat and mouse, with anti-cheat/anti-tampering/anti-piracy shitware. The very nature of it is going to keep it fragile. We're talking about Linux, but things like this malfunction on Windows too, because they are throwing unexpected hooks and routines into the mix and if something on the system isn't exactly right for their trial and error programming, it's going to fail.
Xpander Oct 31, 2023
They probably forgot it or maybe they switched to the new EOS-EAC which doesnt even require that file.

Here we go again i guess... made a backup of the .so file before game update, just in case
kit89 Oct 31, 2023
I think they really need to get their deployment strategy sorted, I get the impression a lot of this is manually done, and it seems they don't do enough testing to ensure it was successful.
artixbtw Oct 31, 2023
It happened again, and will definitely keep happening again and again into the future.

Clearly they don't give a crap...
benstor214 Oct 31, 2023
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QuoteCurrently Apex Legends is Steam Deck Verified.
Why?
Xpander Oct 31, 2023
Looks like fix is in progress. So it was a mistake

https://trello.com/b/ZVrHV38P/apex-tracker
Marlock Oct 31, 2023
Quoting: XpanderLooks like fix is in progress. So it was a mistake

https://trello.com/b/ZVrHV38P/apex-tracker
The good news is they care enough to fix it

The bad news is they don't care enough to test before releasing

Ergo: this is going to happen again


Last edited by Marlock on 31 October 2023 at 9:52 pm UTC
breningham Oct 31, 2023
i just played a few games - just copied the easyanticheat.so from before the update...

seems to work played 3/4 games, will update if i get banned.
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