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BattlEye now say they're working with Valve to support Steam Play

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Here's a bit of interesting news to end the week with, BattlEye have said they are working with Valve to get their anti-cheat working with Steam Play/Proton.

The curious thing here, is that I did speak to BattlEye back in March where they told me they would only be able to support native Linux games. In my email to BattlEye I did mention our previous chat, but it seems the below quote is the standard line they're giving out on this.

Inspired by this Reddit post, I did my own digging and contacted them again to verify the information. To my surprise, within minutes they replied to me to say "Currently we do not officially support Wine, but we are working with Valve to add support for Proton (SteamPlay) on Steam.".

I have to wonder if this started after my previous article, perhaps it got some people talking? Good to see some positivity on this though, in future it could mean titles like PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS will become playable on Linux with Steam Play.

I've said numerous times now that multiplayer titles will be a pain point for Steam Play but perhaps not for much longer. There's a lot more games that use it and no doubt more will in future, so the idea of BattlEye working in Steam Play is obviously quite exciting to expand Linux gaming even further.

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Corben 10 May, 2019
Finally some good news again! Awesome.
C'mon Epic/EAC... it's your turn now!
Avikarr 10 May, 2019
This is really good news! Linux gaming is starting to look more and more almost as good and unproblematic as gaming on windows :D Viva la revolution!

Last edited by Avikarr on 10 May 2019 at 8:39 pm UTC
kean 10 May, 2019
I also wrote to them yesterday and received this reply :)

Dear András,
Unfortunately, we can currently only support Linux if the respective game natively does so.

Currently we do not officially support Wine, but we are working with Valve to add support for Proton (SteamPlay) on Steam.

Your BattlEye Support Team
Ehvis 10 May, 2019
I wouldn't be surprised if they *only* support steam games in Proton and not generic wine.
einherjar 10 May, 2019
Quoting: EhvisI wouldn't be surprised if they *only* support steam games in Proton and not generic wine.

I think this is the scenario with the biggest chance.
There surely will not be something like an open source "EAC/Battleye" within wine.
And surely, Valve has to pay them.
KernelMustang917 10 May, 2019
Think the upcoming Google Stadia is forcing devs to work on Linux alternatives now. I could see how this would be a good test for them on that front.
dpanter 10 May, 2019
It could also mean that some proprietary bits from BattleEye/EAC might be added to Proton in order to make it work with games using these anti cheat systems.
Sounds far-fetched? What if it's that - or nothing... :S:
ElectricPrism 10 May, 2019
Great. I will dial up my expectations a little in anticipation.
As a purely Linux Gamer, friendly behavior towards our platform should always be recognized, praised and rewarded.
Bad behavior, insults on the other hand will get my backhand and I'll caution the economic dangers of having a isolated player-base.

Lots of good content, Only Tux Get My Bux and I got money to spend, so keep shoveling Linux content on to my doorstep bby.
x_wing 10 May, 2019
Who would have say that PUBG may be able to finally leave my wishlist?

Last edited by x_wing on 10 May 2019 at 10:56 pm UTC
fagnerln 10 May, 2019
I think that an anti cheat software will require a very specific proton version, and because of that, some games will need a legacy version.

I don't know, but to me, this will open a big door to cheaters.
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