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While previously you've been able to play League of Legends on Linux, and there's some pretty die-hard fans using Wine to play it, that's set to end soon with Vanguard being introduced.

Cheating in online games is a constant battle for game developers, so I certainly appreciate it's a difficult subject to approach. Developers want players to have the easiest time getting into the game, that's obvious, but with so many cheats out there it's a difficult balancing act. They stated that "as many as 1 in 15 games globally has had a scripter or botter in it, but in some regions, this number is as high as 1 in 5" which is pretty problematic.

For those curious on their thoughts about Linux, and people playing LoL on Linux going forward they said this:

Q: What about Linux?

We've never officially supported Linux, and it's true that the current Lutris-based implementation for League (that uses wine) will not be able to satisfy the Vanguard driver requirements. Linux does not currently afford us sufficient ability to attest boot state or kernel modules, and the difficulty in securing it is only compounded by all the frustrating differences between distributions. Even allowing emulation is an exceptionally dangerous game, as many cheats could then just run on the host, manipulating or analyzing the VM in a way that would be invisible to Vanguard within it.

Half of anti-cheat is making sure the environment hasn't been tampered with, and this is extremely hard on Linux by design. Any backdoors we leave open for it are ones developers will immediately leverage for cheats, and yesterday, there were just over 800 Linux users on League. We have evaluated this risk to not be worth the payoff.

And about having it be open source:

Q: Why not open source the driver?

Anti-cheat is an iterative, indefinite battle. Many of the preventative checks that Vanguard makes to ensure system integrity are deliberately stealthy, bleeding-edge, and in some cases, built on total pillars of sand. We benefit extensively from the confusion that the system inflicts on cheaters, and letting them simply browse the detection methods would exhaust our supply faster than we could invent new ones. An open source anti-cheat application would be totally useless (April Fools 2021).

So there you have it, you simply won't be able to play it on Linux with the introduction of Vanguard. We already knew this but at least they're trying to give more detailed explanations.

See their full blog post on the LoL website which goes into plenty more detail on their struggle against cheaters.

Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
Tags: Anti-Cheat, Misc, Wine
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kokoko3k Apr 12
Quote[..]the difficulty in securing it is only compounded by all the frustrating differences between distributions.

The world upside down.
benstor214 Apr 12
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Quoting: kokoko3k
Quote[..]the difficulty in securing it is only compounded by all the frustrating differences between distributions.
The world upside down.
The spin-doctor was spinning so hard on this one that he accidentally slowed the flow of time for a few seconds there.

I think Shmerl said it best:

Quoting: ShmerlLol. Let them get lost with these excuses about why their invasive anti-cheat is contradictory to the open nature of Linux. The problem is with invasive, not with Linux.


Last edited by benstor214 on 12 April 2024 at 9:02 am UTC
minidou Apr 12
Quoteyesterday, there were just over 800 Linux users on League. We have evaluated this risk to not be worth the payoff.

"No one on Linux plays our game that is unplayable on Linux"
sfjuocekr Apr 12
Just imagine, they have 800 active Linux players (including me) and now we are all branded cheaters.

Just because the one percent of cheaters matches our numbers does not mean we are cheaters.

This kernel level anti cheat is easily defeated on the Windows platform as well, you can just load an EFI driver before the OS starts and your security attestation is defeated.

You Riot, like other companies, don't want the end user to own the computer you game on. You just want control, because it gives you a false sense of security.

This bozo was just chanting nonsense that came from Tim Sweeney, these companies just do not care.

For example I play GTA Online, which is riddled with cheaters. Out of all the cheaters in that game that I know, not a single one is on the Linux platform like myself. Not a single one, even worse... not a single one of them is able to compile anything.

So yes, we developers LOVE reading through code. That does not make us bad agents. This is modern day discrimination!

Besides, once this whole KMAC is deployed and cheaters eventually show up left and right on the Windows platform... There is not a Tim Sweeney in the world that will go back and say, damn this guy was right and we fubarred Linux gamers for no good reason at all. Nobody will reflect like that these days anymore.
QuoteHalf of anti-cheat is making sure the environment hasn't been tampered with, and this is extremely hard on Linux by design

Ah, it's the old problem of Linux not being fascist enough
Mal Apr 12
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QuoteHalf of anti-cheat is making sure the environment hasn't been tampered with, and this is extremely hard on Linux by design

Ah, it's the old problem of Linux not being fascist enough

It's the old story of people that complain that they can't tamper with your system with the excuse to check if it has been tampered.

It's the fake policemen fraud brought into digital world.
Sakuretsu Apr 12
Oh well, good riddance.

For anyone who wants to play MOBAs there are still other options like Dota 2.

Or you could dual boot instead if you really think that League of Legends is actually worth that much.
Soulprayer Apr 12
As if LoL is cheatfree... thinking of unkillable LeBlanc or Syndra picking up the Baron (or Warwick moving him) or Caitlyn autoattack on infinite distance. And now - did they fix the Tom&Nunu bug from Feb2024? idk! (anyone has news?)
So come again, why does Riot put in an anticheat software making sure LoL is tamperfree when they produce such bugs in the game and leaving them in the game for years? (like Sions R attack)

I love their singleplayer games, Ruined King and Song of Nunu. Both are playable on Proton, but I still need to play Bandle Tale & Mageseeker, and I very much adore Arcane Netflix series, and the book "Ruination" from Anthony Reynolds was well written. (just fyi: first read the book, it plays before Ruined King!)

Well at least LoL is still fun to watch, so I'm just getting back on Twitch watching LoL and check on the championships in Sep/Nov online at least I don't need to stay up until 4am as the finals are in Europe this year.
Kuduzkehpan Apr 12
So i keep play other games instead LoL
and LoL seems will be more toxic to players.


Last edited by Kuduzkehpan on 12 April 2024 at 7:06 pm UTC
Marrond Apr 12
So let me get this straight... MILLIONS of people are playing League of Legends and between 1/5 to 1/15 depending on the region is cheating. By their own admission they say Linux playerbase is tiny. They basically say ALL of the cheating is happening on Windows where allegedly Vanguard works better. Sorry, am I missing something here or it's just blatant bullshit talk?
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