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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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appetrosyan 5 May 2019 at 6:55 pm UTC
Could everyone please stop giving Liam a hard time? It's not his fault that sometimes things don't work out, and some good things don't happen.

This is an uphill battle, and not having casualties is kind of ridiculous. I'm glad that the games that work, do indeed work well. There have to be some companies that deem it too difficult/too time consuming. Liam is not at fault that EAC is one of them. Also, Liam is not at fault that ignoring Linux makes sense, and is profitable, especially to companies that want to establish themselves as much as possible (i.e. the other game company).

I won't say that epicFail hadn't deserved all of the hate that they got, just most of it. Nonetheless, we should remain civilised. They didn't do this out of malice; it simply makes business sense. It's nothing personal. It's Ok not to condone their predatory tactics, but going so far as to wish their destruction and speculating about what kind of devilish party had caused them to allegedly 'pause' EAC Linux support is just not the 'nix way.


Last edited by appetrosyan at 5 May 2019 at 7:04 pm UTC
Kiba 5 May 2019 at 6:58 pm UTC
salamanderrakeI take that back, it just hit me, Minecraft still runs on Linux, MS still has their silly Linux on Windows stuff going, and MS doen't feel Linux as a threat, the only one that does is the Chinese gov', which owns 48% of Epic stock. The Chinese gov' can't force Linux to create backdoors into peoples software/OS as there is not central controlling body for Linux, and no for-profit company, like MS/Apple, whose finances are so dependent on sales in China that they would bend over backwards to appease the Chinese gov' just to get into that market.
WTF, the CCP has nothing to do with all of this, Tencent has no control over Epic and they have their own shop, WeGame, that they are thinking of releasing worldwide.
https://www.scmp.com/tech/china-tech/article/2154272/tencents-wegame-platform-push-go-global-heating-rivalry-pc-gaming

Also, chinese government and any other government that wants to rivalize with the US hegemony would prefer Linux over Windows since Windows is full of CIA backdoors. They don't need to spy on us, they only spy on it's own people through the internet, and that affects Linux too.
appetrosyan 5 May 2019 at 7:06 pm UTC
Kiba
salamanderrakeI take that back, it just hit me, Minecraft still runs on Linux, MS still has their silly Linux on Windows stuff going, and MS doen't feel Linux as a threat, the only one that does is the Chinese gov', which owns 48% of Epic stock. The Chinese gov' can't force Linux to create backdoors into peoples software/OS as there is not central controlling body for Linux, and no for-profit company, like MS/Apple, whose finances are so dependent on sales in China that they would bend over backwards to appease the Chinese gov' just to get into that market.
WTF, the CCP has nothing to do with all of this, Tencent has no control over Epic and they have their own shop, WeGame, that they are thinking of releasing worldwide.
https://www.scmp.com/tech/china-tech/article/2154272/tencents-wegame-platform-push-go-global-heating-rivalry-pc-gaming

Also, chinese government and any other government that wants to rivalize with the US hegemony would prefer Linux over Windows since Windows is full of CIA backdoors. They don't need to spy on us, they only spy on it's own people through the internet, and that affects Linux too.

China runs mostly on Linux and M$ Шindows knockoffs (i.e. non-genuine copies) so they would be interested in more support.
GustyGhost 5 May 2019 at 7:23 pm UTC
Alternate title:

Easy Anti-Cheat extend gesture of kindness to Linux gamers by sunsetting support for literal spyware.
TheSHEEEP 5 May 2019 at 7:50 pm UTC
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Oh, my.
These "China bad!" posts are kinda funny, no matter where they pop up and no matter how far from any topic they are.
It's like rule 34, but for games: "No matter what you are discussing, at some point, someone will try to turn the discussion into 'China bad'".
Avikarr 5 May 2019 at 7:58 pm UTC
Epic Waste. This even is not sad anymore. It's funny, how Epic does everything what gamers hate so much ;)


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Dedale 5 May 2019 at 8:11 pm UTC
Before jumping to conclusions, shouldn't we all go outside and take a good deep breath of fresh air to calm down ? We will have more accurate news later. We will have to wait and be patient.
const 5 May 2019 at 8:24 pm UTC
Is there already a flame going on I haven't noticed? Instead of blaming Liam, let's just agree on waiting for more info before we really jump to conclusions. At some point, they will give an official statement.

With regards to this community: There's never a reason to spread hate upon any person or company. It makes both the person spreading hate and our community look bad. Always remember that for a 1% platform, we are really blessed with games. Enjoy gaming on linux, emphasize and connect with other players. That's the best way to promote our platform.


Last edited by const at 5 May 2019 at 8:25 pm UTC
Whitewolfe80 5 May 2019 at 8:28 pm UTC
So Epic are happy to use linux backend software and to provide engine support (kind of to linux) but they dont have a linux client or any intention of developing one. They are buying whole studios to gain exclusives rocket league being a worrying high profile linux indie title that will now be leaving steam. I hope valve dont pull well a valve and cut off the money tap because things arent going as well as they planned (see Steam box/Steam Link/Steam broadcasting etc)
callcifer 5 May 2019 at 8:30 pm UTC
liamdaweYou're misinterpreting my intentions. I did not deliberately try to stir anything up, stop acting like I am. It is interesting and on-point that Epic Games acquired them. Not long after, we now find this out. It wouldn't be out of the realm of possibility to say they're related, in fact I still think it's quite possible hence me mentioning it.
If you honestly, truly believe that this conspiracy theory is not only possible, but probable, then I've seriously misjudged you. Oh well...
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