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.
|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|
|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|
|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)|
|Rocket League||51,503||Works with Proton*|
|DayZ||49,610||Works with Proton|
|Sid Meier's Civilization VI||48,626||Linux Native|
|SUPER PEOPLE CBT||48,160||Broken|
|PAYDAY 2||46,869||Linux Native|
|Euro Truck Simulator 2||46,764||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|
|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*|
|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|
|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|
|Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice||13,579||Works with Proton|
|theHunter: Call of the Wild||13,555||Works with Proton|
|Conan Exiles||13,532||Broken (Anti-Cheat)|
|Gunfire Reborn||13,205||Works with Proton|
- 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.