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A look at the top 100 Steam games on Linux - January 2022 edition

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To begin 2022, let's take a fresh look at the current top 100 Steam games and see how well (or not) the run on Linux.

As part of a series we shall be doing, where we first took a proper look at this back in October 2021, including games that are both Native to Linux and Windows games that are run through the Steam Play Proton compatibility layer. With help from ProtonDB reports to investigate.

Something to keep in mind is that while the top 5-10 games doesn't change too often on Steam, the rest do fluctuate quite a lot as it often depends on some of the bigger releases that appear. We are once again going by the numbers on SteamDB using their 24 hour peak-player count. Take this as your snapshot of how things are a month before the Steam Deck releases to see what you might expect to work or not.

Over time the compatibility is expected to increase thanks to native ports, more Windows-only games working with Steam Play Proton and now Easy Anti-Cheat and BattlEye have expanded their support.

Name 24 Hr Peak Linux Status
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive 802,899 Linux Native
Dota 2 723,708 Linux Native
PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS 336,367 Broken (Anti-Cheat)
Apex Legends 216,295 Broken (Anti-Cheat)
Grand Theft Auto V 142,431 Works with Proton
NARAKA: BLADEPOINT 137,210 Broken (Anti-Cheat)
Team Fortress 2 127,787 Linux Native
Rust 110,963 Broken (Anti-Cheat)
New World 109,256 Broken (Anti-Cheat)
Football Manager 2022 84,705 Works with Proton
ARK: Survival Evolved 84,566 Linux Native and Works with Proton
Wallpaper Engine 76,064 Sort-of works with KDE Plasma
MIR4 70,919 Broken
Warframe 70,883 Works with Proton
FIFA 22 70,373 Works with Proton
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 70,072 Works with Proton
Destiny 2 69,132 Broken (Anti-Cheat)
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege 65,840 Broken (Anti-Cheat)
FINAL FANTASY XIV Online 58,414 Works with Proton
Project Zomboid 57,533 Linux Native
7 Days to Die 56,932 Linux Native
Farming Simulator 22 55,657 Works with Proton
Dead by Daylight 55,320 Broken (Anti-Cheat)
Terraria 51,900 Linux Native
Rocket League 51,503 Works with Proton*
DayZ 49,610 Works with Proton
Valheim 48,871 Linux Native
Sid Meier's Civilization VI 48,626 Linux Native
SUPER PEOPLE CBT 48,160 Broken
Halo Infinite 47,576 Broken
PAYDAY 2 46,869 Linux Native
Euro Truck Simulator 2 46,764 Linux Native
Unturned 44,374 Linux Native
World of Tanks Blitz 43,230 Works with Proton
Stardew Valley 42,350 Linux Native
Don't Starve Together 40,850 Linux Native
Hearts of Iron IV 40,452 Linux Native
Garry's Mod 38,316 Linux Native
War Thunder 38,194 Linux Native
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition 36,657 Works with Proton
Red Dead Redemption 2 35,314 Works with Proton
Sea of Thieves 33,711 Works with Proton*
Phasmophobia 33,508 Works with Proton*
Hunt: Showdown 30,944 Broken (Anti-Cheat)
The Elder Scrolls Online 28,763 Works with Proton
Total War: WARHAMMER II 28,718 Linux Native
Left 4 Dead 2 28,591 Linux Native
Monster Hunter: World 28,102 Works with Proton
The Sims 4 26,391 Works with Proton
Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord 25,881 Works with Proton
Bloons TD 6 25,531 Works with Proton
VRChat 25,314 Works with Proton
Europa Universalis IV 24,501 Linux Native
Black Desert 24,149 Broken (Anti-Cheat)
雀魂麻将(MahjongSoul) 23,854 Works with Proton
The Forest 23,626 Works with Proton
Battlefield V 23,484 Works with Proton
F1 2021 23,351 Unstable with Proton, has issues*
Cyberpunk 2077 22,964 Works with Proton
Satisfactory 22,875 Works with Proton
Sid Meier's Civilization V 22,717 Linux Native
Stellaris 22,422 Linux Native
RimWorld 22,180 Linux Native
The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth 22,077 Linux Native*
Fallout 4 21,730 Works with Proton
Cities: Skylines 21,316 Linux Native
DARK SOULS III 21,295 Works with Proton
Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition 21,207 Works with Proton*
tModLoader 20,663 Linux Native
Brawlhalla 20,611 Works with Proton*
Forza Horizon 4 20,608 Unstable with Proton
It Takes Two 20,595 Works with Proton
NBA 2K22 20,079 Works with Proton
Forza Horizon 5 19,778 Unstable with Proton
Age of Empires IV 19,775 Unstable with Proton
Cookie Clicker 19,163 Works with Proton
SMITE 18,911 Works with Proton GE
Football Manager 2021 18,730 Works with Proton
Arma 3 18,396 Works with Proton
Crusader Kings III 17,797 Linux Native
鬼谷八荒 Tale of Immortal 17,579 Works with Proton
Counter-Strike 17,294 Linux Native
Factorio 16,278 Linux Native
Icarus 16,270 Broken
Path of Exile 15,741 Works with Proton
Deep Rock Galactic 15,648 Works with Proton
Dying Light 15,569 Linux Native
Among Us 15,061 Works with Proton
Raft 14,448 Works with Proton
Ready or Not 14,184 Works with Proton
Battlefield 2042 14,174 Broken (Anti-Cheat)
Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout 13,949 Broken (Anti-Cheat)
Oxygen Not Included 13,912 Linux Native
Divinity: Original Sin 2 13,693 Works with Proton
SCUM 13,672 Broken (Anti-Cheat)
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice 13,579 Works with Proton
Soundpad 13,568 Broken
theHunter: Call of the Wild 13,555 Works with Proton
Conan Exiles 13,532 Broken (Anti-Cheat)
Gunfire Reborn 13,205 Works with Proton

Notes:

  • Proton GE refers to the community-built version of Proton. So while it requires adding it manually (which takes all of 5 minutes), it still works. This is sometimes needed for games where videos don't work with the official Proton. Valve is working on getting them all working out of the box with official Proton.
  • Rocket League works but was removed from Steam for new players. However, it does work with Wine (which Proton is built from) if you use something like the Heroic Games Launcher to get it from Epic.
  • Sea of Thieves voice comms don't work.
  • Phasmophobia just recently seemed to fix the voice comms with Proton.
  • We did not count Myth of Empires, as Steam delisted it due to ongoing legal troubles.
  • F1 2021 had some fixes for AMD GPUs lately but still seem pretty problematic overall.
  • The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth is Linux Native, but the latest DLC is Windows-only but that does work with Proton.
  • Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition works but online multiplayer can desync unless you do a small fix.
  • Brawlhalla added EAC, which you can disable and they're trying to support Proton with it.

With not long to go until the Steam Deck releases, hopefully Valve still have a few releases of Proton to improve things further. Anti-Cheat continues to be the biggest hurdle for Linux gaming and the Steam Deck. We've not seen many titles at all enable it officially, with the current list being quite small. We do expect that to change if the Steam Deck is a success though, and we fully expect it to be - as long as Valve can get enough units produced.

A few false-flags have appeared over the last few months like Rainbox Six Siege suddenly working, however do remember that until Valve or the developer actually confirm it, they will likely (and it did) stop working due to the anti-cheat.

Personally, I've not been able to get DayZ to work myself (now it's supported) but I know plenty of others have. Even with the suggested fixes, I just get a black screen, which is a shame. In some ways Proton is still a bit of a minefield like that, hopefully a solution will be found.

The most important part — the numbers: we're currently seeing around 76% of the top 100 (based on peak player counts) as of January 2022 working on Linux with Native Linux games and Windows games in Proton taken together. So, things are looking pretty good ahead of the Steam Deck launch since it will use SteamOS 3 which is based on Arch Linux.

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dpanter 4 Jan
If you use a tool like ProtonUp-Qt (AppImage), the time it takes to install Proton GE is reduced to essentially your download speed for ~400 MB and a few seconds for the automated installtion.
This awesome tool supports downloading and installing many other things for Steam/Heroic/Lutris as well, Proton-GE, Lutris-Wine, Luxtorpeda to name but a few.
From that list, I own around 10% of the games, and probably have not heard about 40% of the others, and not interested in the rest. It's becoming easier for people like me xD
76%? Not good enough, it must be 100% or Linux fails! FAILS!

Sorry, my sarcasm gland is throbbing something fierce over here.

Between a certain video series and a well known Linux Youtuber telling people not to game on Linux I am a little grumpy. I understand criticisms, but I prefer a "here's what you must know" format to a "don't do it unless you are weird" type attitude, especially when they set unrealistically high bars*

* unrealistically high if you are high jumping, or unrealistically low if you are limbo dancing
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Halo Infinite depends on DirectX 12 API calls that Vulkan does not have an equivalent for (yet), so there's nothing Valve can do with VKD3D unless they start funding Vulkan development, which is unfortunate. I'm sure it's not the only new game on this list like that. On the other hand, from what I've played of the multiplayer and heard of the campaign...I'm not sure I even want to play it. I do want Halo: MCC to use a version of EAC that supports Proton, though.

Quoting: rustybroomhandle76%? Not good enough, it must be 100% or Linux fails! FAILS!

Sorry, my sarcasm gland is throbbing something fierce over here.

Between a certain video series and a well known Linux Youtuber telling people not to game on Linux I am a little grumpy. I understand criticisms, but I prefer a "here's what you must know" format to a "don't do it unless you are weird" type attitude, especially when they set unrealistically high bars*

* unrealistically high if you are high jumping, or unrealistically low if you are limbo dancing

My opinions are mixed. On the one hand, setting people up with high expectations is historically a bad idea because it doesn't end well for anyone, with animosity on all sides. But saying that GNU/Linux is DOA as a gaming platform is a bizarre take to me. For one thing, it really depends on what games you play. And for another, it has a library many times larger than any singular gaming console—and that's if you just count the Steam games. If, however, gaming is a social exercise for you, you're likely not going to be able to play games with your friends frequently. And it's not the only issue.

Coaxing eroge into functioning on GNU/Linux is an exercise in frustration I wouldn't recommend lightly, for instance. And when I finally do get them working, what I wouldn't give to be able to fullscreen some of these games without them crashing...800x640 resolution is not fun. If you're the type of person who mostly plays this genre of games, there's miles to go. Even if there's only really 2 or 3 DRM schemes blocking the way, my bet is that they're 10 years away from working in WINE, if they ever work at all.


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Its not about the percentage of games that work, its about the name of the games that don't.

Destiny 2, PUBG, Apex Legends, New World; these are big name games that millions of people are going to want to play on their shiny new Steam Deck. If they fire it up on day 1 and these games don't work, that is going to leave a very sour first impression of the experience. It won't be Steam or the game publishers who get the blame either, it will be the software that powers the device.

Then there is the thorny issue of games not on Steam which, again, millions are going to want to play. Gamers are going to be able to expect to download EA Origin, Uplay, Epic (most will not know about Heroic) and expect to be able to install it. Again it won't be Steam or the developers of those stores who get the blame.

It will be an unpopular opinion but Valve would have been better off shipping Windows on the Steam Deck out of the box and just not locking down the bootloader for anyone who wants to install linux.
Linas 4 Jan
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Quoting: rustybroomhandle76%? Not good enough, it must be 100% or Linux fails! FAILS!
I see Linux as equivalent of console gaming. If you buy a PlayStation, you do not expect to be able to run XBox games. In the same way I fully realize that when running Linux I will not be able to play all Windows games, and that is fine.

The latest Call of Warfare does not run on Linux? Well, I am an adult with a full-time job, and a several hundred games backlog on Steam. By the time I will have time to even consider playing it, Call of Warfare 4 will be out, and I will still have hundreds of other games to choose from.
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Quoting: rustybroomhandle76%? Not good enough, it must be 100% or Linux fails! FAILS!
I see Linux as equivalent of console gaming. If you buy a PlayStation, you do not expect to be able to run XBox games. In the same way I fully realize that when running Linux I will not be able to play all Windows games, and that is fine.

The latest Call of Warfare does not run on Linux? Well, I am an adult with a full-time job, and a several hundred games backlog on Steam. By the time I will have time to even consider playing it, Call of Warfare 4 will be out, and I will still have hundreds of other games to choose from.

This isn't the same as PS Vs Xbox exclusives. If you buy a Steam based console you expect to be able to play everything in your Steam library
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Quoting: rustybroomhandle76%? Not good enough, it must be 100% or Linux fails! FAILS!
I see Linux as equivalent of console gaming. If you buy a PlayStation, you do not expect to be able to run XBox games. In the same way I fully realize that when running Linux I will not be able to play all Windows games, and that is fine.

The latest Call of Warfare does not run on Linux? Well, I am an adult with a full-time job, and a several hundred games backlog on Steam. By the time I will have time to even consider playing it, Call of Warfare 4 will be out, and I will still have hundreds of other games to choose from.

This isn't the same as PS Vs Xbox exclusives. If you buy a Steam based console you expect to be able to play everything in your Steam library

Why? This makes no sense. If that is the expectation they are setting for your users then yes, but if they are telling people that "these 80% verified green tick games work" then you should not expect to run the other 20% and then complain about it.
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QuoteThen there is the thorny issue of games not on Steam which, again, millions are going to want to play. Gamers are going to be able to expect to download EA Origin, Uplay, Epic (most will not know about Heroic) and expect to be able to install it. Again it won't be Steam or the developers of those stores who get the blame.

Why would customers expect to be able to play non-Steam games on the Steam Deck? I don't buy an Xbox console expecting to play PlayStation games, or a Switch expecting to play Xbox games.

You can argue that Valve is setting up this expectation by talking about how open it is, and how the customer actually owns the product, but this isn't a normal expectation at all.

In fact, I wonder how these users would even stumble out of the Steam client mode and onto the "regular desktop" and then onto epicgames.com. It's not obvious to me, from the few videos I've seen on it.

QuoteIt will be an unpopular opinion but Valve would have been better off shipping Windows on the Steam Deck out of the box and just not locking down the bootloader for anyone who wants to install linux.

That entirely depends on what Valve wants out of the Steam Deck. Most companies end up losing a lot of money on consoles anyway and make it back on the games and services.

Keep in mind that not all of these games would be playable on a Windows version of the Steam Deck, either. I can't imagine playing MapleStory or something like it on the Steam Deck; that would be painful. I think Valve really wants a platform—their own platform. Just like Microsoft wanted a Direct XBox, and Sony based their PlayStations on FreeBSD.

Ultimately, of course, the customer will decide if they want to be on that platform. Guess we'll find out next month.
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Quoting: rustybroomhandleWhy? This makes no sense. If that is the expectation they are setting for your users then yes, but if they are telling people that "these 80% verified green tick games work" then you should not expect to run the other 20% and then complain about it.

Well, if you go to the website, they don't say anything about some of your games not working. They set up expectations to the contrary like:

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