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Update: Epic Games gave a response, it is not paused.

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I've just today been alerted to something that's quite worrying, according to Garry Newman from Facepunch Studios, Easy Anti-Cheat are "pausing" their Linux support.

As it turns out, Newman made this comment on Reddit on a submission that actually links back to my recent article about Rust. Newman said pretty clearly "The biggest issue as far as I can see is that EAC are pausing their Linux support, which is resulting in an increase in cheaters using the Linux version. This is a huge problem because it affects every other platform.".

This is the first I've heard of it and so it's quite alarming considering the amount of Linux games that actually use it like Rust, 7 Days to Die, Albion Online (which only recently started using it), Robocraft, Insurgency Sandstorm (which planned Linux support) and so on. Not just existing games but this will obviously cause major problems for any upcoming multiplayer game that was planning to support Linux if they were going to use EAC, as it might just cause them to drop Linux support.

Additionally, this could also cause even more problems for Valve's Steam Play although we don't know the full situation, they were supposed to be in talks to get Easy Anti-Cheat supported for it. This new information doesn't exactly give me confidence but perhaps Steam Play will be treated differently? Who knows.

Interestingly, Epic Games actually acquired the maker of Easy Anti-Cheat last year, so perhaps Linux is becoming a casualty of that? I'm not saying it is but it wouldn't surprise me.

I've reached out to Easy Anti-Cheat and Epic Games to find out what they have to say about it, if anything. Took EAC a while to reply last time and I don't expect an answer on a Sunday, so hold onto your hats. At least if it does turn out to be true, there's still VAC and BattlEye which do support Linux games as well as Steam Trust to come.

Frustratingly, this news also comes only recently after we found Vivox suggesting a developer drop Linux support. This makes me even more thankful that Valve are continuing to put resources into Linux, with things like Steam Play and funding developers across a multitude of other Linux-related projects and other open source software.

Hat tip to airspeedmph.

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Purple Library Guy 5 May 2019 at 4:32 pm UTC
So developers sign contracts with these Easy Anti-Cheat people that allow them to withdraw the service from some users whenever they want? I'd start insisting on something a bit more ironclad.
lunix 5 May 2019 at 4:34 pm UTC
More reason to hate epic as a linux user? Hmmm, didn't expect that...
Kristian 5 May 2019 at 4:41 pm UTC
So is Epic now enemy #1 of Linux gaming? I mean they are already effectively paying some developers and publishers to not support Linux, and now this?
garpu 5 May 2019 at 4:47 pm UTC
Hrm. I wonder what this means for 7 Days to Die? You can choose to run without EAC, but a lot of servers require it. (Thankfully, a friend turned it off on hers for me. )
rkfg 5 May 2019 at 4:47 pm UTC
That's an Epic bait&switch, yeah. I was so happy when Linux became supported in UE4 (including the Editor!) and now it's all slowly but steadily going away. *slow clap*
salamanderrake 5 May 2019 at 5:05 pm UTC
I would say this is more Microsoft pulling Epic's strings, as they have done it the past.
Sparhawk 5 May 2019 at 5:08 pm UTC
Can't Epic Games just die somewhere lonely in a corner?
Dedale 5 May 2019 at 5:18 pm UTC
Interesting news. Unfortunate but interesting. The developments will be even more interesting in the future. Whether the more or less paranoid scenarios are a reality remain to be seen.

I second Purple Library Guy, i am surprised a third party can remove support without breaching a contract.
RosieCode 5 May 2019 at 5:21 pm UTC
can i first of just say that nothing is confirmed, and that its FP that has said this and i cant say they have much in the way of credibility recently.

liamdaweInterestingly, Epic Games actually acquired the maker of Easy Anti-Cheat last year, so perhaps Linux is becoming a casualty of that? I'm not saying it is but it wouldn't surprise me.
personally i feel that's a bit far fetched esp given that Epic do generally support linux builds of their editor etc if they was that anal about linux that would not be a thing in all honesty....

lunixMore reason to hate epic as a linux user? Hmmm, didn't expect that...
i would not jump to conclusions, nothing is set in stone

SparhawkCan't Epic Games just die somewhere lonely in a corner?
is this honestly called for.

i'm just going to leave it at, when everyone is sat bashing company's over things repeatedly no wonder they are not gunna be open to supporting this platform, no... they are gunna turn around and be like "no stuff those guys"

please, can people just not jump to conclusions wait for actual responses and not just hate on everything in existence i cant say it helps
liamdawe 5 May 2019 at 5:23 pm UTC
RosieCodecan i first of just say that nothing is confirmed, and that its FP that has said this and i cant say they have much in the way of credibility recently.
There's no reason to think a game developer, one so well known, would lie about this.


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