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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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x_wing 10 May 2019 at 10:56 pm UTC
Who would have say that PUBG may be able to finally leave my wishlist?


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fagnerln 10 May 2019 at 11:17 pm UTC
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.
BielFPs 11 May 2019 at 12:25 am UTC
Hopefully R6S will work this time (besides uplay). This is the kind of news that I would prefer to know only when it's released, so I wouldn't be anxious about it (or frustated if won't work).
anth 11 May 2019 at 12:45 am UTC
KernelMustang917Think 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.
I'd expect that Stadia won't allow execution of user supplied code, so there'll be no need of anti-cheat software to limit what such programs can do.
TheRiddick 11 May 2019 at 1:30 am UTC
excellent,

I look forward to the day I can play ARMA3 multiplayer (almost all servers are battleye)


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gradyvuckovic 11 May 2019 at 1:38 am UTC
If you go through all the borked/bronze games in the top 100 on ProtonDB, most of them are not working due to EAC and BattlEye. So this is excellent news, if this is fixed up, then I wouldn't be surprised if we get 80% of games rated as Gold or higher. At that point, we have more games available on Linux than we know what to do with!

Huge Thankyou to Valve! This wouldn't be happening without them so big big thankyou to them!
harshbarj 11 May 2019 at 2:54 am UTC
Great news for Linux gaming. While native apps would be ideal, this at least gives people options. If not for one game not working in wine (or having a native Linux version) I would have removed windows from my primary rig years ago. For now I simply have to be happy running a Linux only laptop and hope a Linux only desktop is on the horizon.
Xakep_SDK 11 May 2019 at 5:50 am UTC
What a good answer without word play.
BattlEye team is great.
Finalizer 11 May 2019 at 6:55 am UTC
Very good news indeed.Nothing can stop Linux and open source software. Remember that even Microsoft's AI(artificial intelligence)
prefers Linux over Windows!Really nice. Sooner or later the tables will be turned when it comes to desktop user statistics. We can expect the growth of Linux users within 2 years -hopefully...
Rooster 11 May 2019 at 8:34 am UTC
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I wonder who was the initiator.. Valve or BattleEye? If Valve, then would mean they are putting quite a lot of effort into Steam Play. Interesting...


fagnerlnI 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.

That means, cheaters will run the game purposely through Linux, which means more people on Linux, so.. Yay?
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