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Battlefield V now broken on Steam Deck / Linux with EA anticheat live

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That's all folks. EA anticheat has now been added into Battlefield V, so it's the end of being able to play it on Steam Deck and other Linux systems.

This joins the likes of Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2: Deluxe Edition, EA SPORTS FC 24, EA SPORTS FIFA 23, Battlefield 2042 and Madden NFL 24 that all have EA's own homegrown anti-cheat that make them simply unplayable on systems running Linux.

Now if you try to run it, you'll be greeted with an error. A shame to see a game that's multiple years old get broken like this and no doubt EA will continue to use their own EA anticheat in future online games. Battlefield 1 is still okay, and Apex Legends is also still running but perhaps it's only a matter of time before EA force it onto those too?

Hopefully at some point Valve can find a way to work with EA on this, to get it somehow working with Proton like we've seen support for Easy Anti-Cheat, BattleEye, GameGuard and others.

What are some alternatives you can recommend for readers now looking to go elsewhere?

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vgnmnky Apr 4
Going by forum posts elsewhere, seems like it's now broken on Windows too, for some people. No doubt there'll be a dodgy solution out there at some point, that people who want to play the game legally will be forced to use.
pb Apr 4
Single player doesn't work either?
Pengling Apr 4
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Don't worry, I'm sure that they'll work fine on the rumoured Microsoft handheld - how convenient! [/sarcasm]
WorMzy Apr 4
Spoiler, click me
Belaptir Apr 4
Quoting: PenglingDon't worry, I'm sure that they'll work fine on the rumoured Microsoft handheld - how convenient! [/sarcasm]

I don't think that's the intent behind this. In my humble opinion, the issue here is money.
If EA uses its own anticheat, there's not anticheat to buy from third parties so it means more money for the stakeholders.
This causes the inconvenience of screwing Linux users, but do you really think they care a single bit about us?

This is EA, people. It's been very long since they were some sort of decent developer. So long many probably weren't even born.
Pengling Apr 4
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Quoting: BelaptirI don't think that's the intent behind this.
Like I said, sarcasm.

Quoting: BelaptirThis causes the inconvenience of screwing Linux users, but do you really think they care a single bit about us?
Definitely not, and never did, haha! They've never made the sort of games I would ever want to buy. I don't think they've made anything even vaguely interesting to me since the era of the Commodore 64, and even then I've literally never bought an EA game.
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Sigh... (AAA executives/managers, probably...)
Corben Apr 4
Oh, I was wondering all the time why they don't enable it in the backend, like it's possible for the other games. but EA AntiCheat is not EAC (doh!).

Oh dear, back then EAC was often a show stopper, now I wish they'd use EAC instead...
pete910 Apr 4
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Shocker!!!!!
Good that I do not buy EA games.
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