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Update 08/11/23, 18:31 UTC - They just put out a patch that solves it. Over a week to put back a single removed file. I groan, but at least it's sorted now.


One of the most popular titles on Steam, Apex Legends, has been left broken on Linux / Steam Deck for over a week now after the Ignite Update. You can fix it yourself though, if you want to risk it.

The problem: they seem to have accidentally removed the Easy Anti-Cheat .so file that it needs to work with Proton, so it just doesn't let you in due to it not detecting that the anti-cheat is actually there (because it isn't). Somehow over a week later EA / Respawn haven't just put it back.

Respawn have confirmed they're looking into it, as-per their Trello page that currently lists the fix as "In Progress", but it's been under the same status since they added it to their list on October 31st. For a game that's Steam Deck Verified, this is quite a nuisance. And since it's not the first time it's happened - you have to wonder why it's taking so long.

If you want to fix it yourself at your own risk, you just need to grab a copy of the missing file (like this one on Reddit from when it happened before) and place it back into the installed folder. The location depends on what Steam Library you have it installed in somewhere like /SteamLibrary/steamapps/common/Apex Legends/

This will allow it to work again but I don't recommend it, always best to wait for their official fix. But if you're desperate to play at least it works.

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8 comments

silly Nov 8, 2023
I was desperate enough, havent been banned yet :)
Zelox Nov 8, 2023
This is why valve needs something like ProtonDB
massatt212 Nov 8, 2023
it is finally fixed
Liam Dawe Nov 8, 2023
Article updated: fixed.
Dahippo1555 Nov 8, 2023
Its really good they fixed it.
Now only wait for R6 on linux.
Well, its ubisoft ... so its not gonna happen.
fenglengshun Nov 9, 2023
Quoting: Liam DaweArticle updated: fixed.
Maybe if you post it every time, it'll immediately get fixed in the next few hours.
Para-Gliding Nov 9, 2023
It's still very buggy, even on windows...
How can a company broke a game that worked for years
hardpenguin Nov 9, 2023
Quoting: Liam DaweArticle updated: fixed.
Thank you for keeping them accountable 🫡
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