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Well, here's another game that EA will be breaking on Steam Deck / Linux, with EA anticheat rolling out to EA SPORTS WRC when it goes live in June.

Pictured - EA SPORTS WRC, credit: Codemasters / EA.

It's worth noting that it's currently rated as Steam Deck Unsupported, but Valve's official rating is only what they've actually tested, not if something will actually work at all (like the Ghost of Tsushima situation). As announced on the EA website post, this change will arrive with the 1.9.0 update in June but they've haven't given the exact date just yet.

They are at least aware of Steam Deck as they said:

Additionally, EA SPORTS™ WRC will not run on the native Steam OS for Steam Deck following the release of EA anticheat.

EA SPORTS™ WRC has officially been categorised as "Unsupported" on Steam Deck since its release in 2023.

The game actually has a Platinum rating on ProtonDB, the crowd-sourced user-reports website, because it does run quite well from various reports on both Linux PCs and Steam Deck. So presumably this will break the entire game, not just multiplayer, since EA anticheat will run from the moment you hit play.

Sadly this follows on from Battlefield V and Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2 that added it after release. Along with other titles including EA SPORTS FC 24, EA SPORTS FIFA 23, Battlefield 2042 and Madden NFL 24 that all have it. I actually wrote back in September 2022 how EA anticheat could end up problematic and it's a shame to see I was right.

I'm just waiting for it to inevitably get added to Apex Legends, although that recently had a small hiccup when moving from the old Easy Anti-Cheat to the newer EOS anti-cheat but it still works for now since both types of EAC are supported on Linux / Steam Deck.

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Slate May 21
I had nothing but problems with it, poorly optimized and felt rushed with several crashes. The fact they are adding this well after release is ridiculous, stripping linux users from using a product they paid a license for already. Dirt Rally 1 & 2 are still my picks, along with RBR of course.
Corben May 23
Maybe Valve is already working on a solution, to get EA AntiCheat working for Wine/Proton. It took quite a while for EAC to be supported, but eventually it got supported.
EA isn't very consumerfriendly, yet they want to make money. I don't think they want to miss out the opportunity to make more money off Steam Deck users forever.
MrDerby May 23
Is there really that much cheating that this must be activated so harshly? Is this because they have competitions for money? You just think this day in age they would work something out or work with devs on a solution.
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