Check out our Monthly Survey Page to see what our users are running.
We do often include affiliate links to earn us some pennies. See more here.

Update - 08/05/24, 08:18 AM: Valve released an update to Proton Hotfix that solves the issue. With a patch sent into Wine to solve it upstream too. Proton Hotfix is set as the default for Apex Legends on Steam.


Original article below:

Respawn and EA have today released a major update for the popular battle royale shooter Apex Legends, which gives it an anti-cheat upgrade. Sadly it's causing issues for Steam Deck / Linux players.

Previously Apex Legends was using the older standalone Easy Anti-Cheat, but they've now upgraded to the EOS (Epic Online Services) version of it. Everyone seems to be having the same issue on Linux / Steam Deck now with any Proton version, the game will just not run. You get to the splash-screen that has the EAC logo, it waits a bit and then will just stop. Seems likely it's getting stuck on the new anti-cheat integration.

Both versions of EAC do work on Linux either via Proton or Native Linux builds, so hopefully Valve will be able to figure out what's blocking it this time and update Proton again for it. It's likely we'll see a Proton Hotfix update hopefully in the next day or so for it since it's a major Steam Deck Verified title. Heck, it could even be that Respawn / EA didn't go into the EOS control panel and actually tick the box for Linux.

As one of the biggest games on Steam, it's a shame Respawn and EA don't give Valve a little time to get ready for their major updates like this.

The bug report on the Proton GitHub has people talking about it and reporting it.

Will update you when I know more.

Apex Legends is free to play on Steam.

YouTube Thumbnail
YouTube videos require cookies, you must accept their cookies to view. View cookie preferences.
Accept Cookies & Show   Direct Link
Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
12 Likes
About the author -
author picture
I am the owner of GamingOnLinux. After discovering Linux back in the days of Mandrake in 2003, I constantly came back to check on the progress of Linux until Ubuntu appeared on the scene and it helped me to really love it. You can reach me easily by emailing GamingOnLinux directly.
See more from me
10 comments

Slyvan May 7
The linux .so library is missing again... i hope this will be checked more often. I hate the fact that no one tests for linux/the steamdeck. This happens so frequently that i almost think it's on purpose...
tohur May 7
Quoting: SlyvanThe linux .so library is missing again... i hope this will be checked more often. I hate the fact that no one tests for linux/the steamdeck. This happens so frequently that i almost think it's on purpose...

Oh the they hate that gaming is moving on to a open platform so they diff try to make it a headache on purpose cause aint no way they keep forgetting to tick the Linux box or forget the .so files lol
Liam Dawe May 7
Quoting: SlyvanThe linux .so library is missing again... i hope this will be checked more often. I hate the fact that no one tests for linux/the steamdeck. This happens so frequently that i almost think it's on purpose...
It doesn’t use it for the EOS version. That’s the old style.
Slyvan May 7
Quoting: Liam Dawe
Quoting: SlyvanThe linux .so library is missing again... i hope this will be checked more often. I hate the fact that no one tests for linux/the steamdeck. This happens so frequently that i almost think it's on purpose...
It doesn’t use it for the EOS version. That’s the old style.

Aaah i see it's actually the new version of the easy anti cheat that breaks things... still weird that this happens without a patch from valve prior to this update (eac).
emphy May 8
As I mentioned before, I am rather disenchanted with those steam deck labels due to the lack of clarity on whose door one is supposed to knock when stuff goes downhill.

Valve should, at the very least, include an extra category to indicate whether the dev will commit to supporting the deck/proton.


Last edited by emphy on 8 May 2024 at 2:10 am UTC
morphles May 8
Quoting: emphyAs I mentioned before, I am rather disenchanted with those steam deck labels due to the lack of clarity on whose door one is supposed to knock when stuff goes downhill.

Valve should, at the very least, include an extra category to indicate whether the dev will commit to supporting the deck/proton.

Well they fixed in less than 12 hours, so... No real complains from me :)
Liam Dawe May 8
Article updated.
based May 8
Valve fixed it, I thought this would b the end of support, with EA's bullshit
An0nx3n May 8
Quoting: SlyvanThe linux .so library is missing again... i hope this will be checked more often. I hate the fact that no one tests for linux/the steamdeck. This happens so frequently that i almost think it's on purpose...

Epic & EA are involved... it very likely is on purpose.
Liam Dawe May 8
Quoting: An0nx3n
Quoting: SlyvanThe linux .so library is missing again... i hope this will be checked more often. I hate the fact that no one tests for linux/the steamdeck. This happens so frequently that i almost think it's on purpose...

Epic & EA are involved... it very likely is on purpose.
As I already commented, that is not used in EOS EAC and the issue has been solved by Valve.
While you're here, please consider supporting GamingOnLinux on:

Reward Tiers: Patreon. Plain Donations: PayPal.

This ensures all of our main content remains totally free for everyone! Patreon supporters can also remove all adverts and sponsors! Supporting us helps bring good, fresh content. Without your continued support, we simply could not continue!

You can find even more ways to support us on this dedicated page any time. If you already are, thank you!
Login / Register


Or login with...
Sign in with Steam Sign in with Google
Social logins require cookies to stay logged in.