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As an update to my previous article talking about Easy Anti-Cheat, as it turns out they're not stopping Linux support for it at all. Previously we got word from Garry Newman of Facepunch Studios, who said "EAC are pausing their Linux support" but as it turns out that's not right.

Here's what Epic Games told me over email this morning:

Thanks for reaching out! Sorry to see all the confusion on this topic.
Garry's comments reflect day-to-day prioritization decisions between anti-cheat issues across all of the platforms we support. These ongoing trade-offs in priorities don't mean there is any change in the long-term development of our Linux anti-cheat, and we remain committed to providing the support necessary for Linux as a gaming platform.

They also notified me they put a Twitter post out in public to also confirm this. Additionally, they also mentioned in a reply to someone on Twitter that work seems to be in progress to support EAC in Wine "EAC/Wine compatibility is currently in a beta state", which means Steam Play support should hopefully come eventually.

For those who don't quite understand, it's likely that Linux-related issues are just a much lower priority (for obvious reasons) compared to issues being found on other bigger platforms.

So…as you were, carry on, nothing to see here. A bit of good news is how I like to start my day. However, it also means I personally jumped the gun on this which seems to have caused a bit of a storm with it being shared wildly across Reddit, Twitter and YouTubers using it to claim Epic Games is killing off Steam Play and so on.

I honestly thought such a well-known game developer could be taken at their word but I was wrong on that. So for that, I apologise. I am only human, I do make mistakes and I will reflect on it.

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Creak 7 May 2019 at 12:01 pm UTC
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Hey people, let's not be "these guys", please..

Whether we like it or not, Linux gaming is only a tiny fraction of the market share, and we have figures all over the place to prove that. I do hope this situation will change, but for now, it would be suicidal for any company to prioritize Linux over any other platforms just because... it's Linux and we deserve it.

Other platforms have bugs too (because software development is never over), and when a bug hits 1 million players vs 8100 players (Steam survey), it would be completely insane to prioritize the latter. I hope you can understand the logic here.
gustavoyaraujo 7 May 2019 at 12:15 pm UTC
Does Street Fighter V uses EAC?
jardon 7 May 2019 at 12:16 pm UTC
liamdaweAlso, Garry said this on Reddit today:

Ya I responded to him on that and it looks like he downvoted me. Its really sad tbh. A majority of his issues would be solved if he changed his attitude, but it doesnt seem like he's willing. Seems his development skills are lacking and his immaturity abundant.

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Mal 7 May 2019 at 12:31 pm UTC
There might be nothing to see today, but through delays, ops and misunderstandings softwares can slowly die.

If there is one thing I appreciate of Epic is the transparency they have in saying exactly what they are going to do in the immediate. But when it comes to explain what the mid and long term effects of their actions are, they tend to manipulative... or "creative" at the very least.

I would keep EAC under observation in the coming months.
scaine 7 May 2019 at 12:40 pm UTC
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I don't see any gum jumping. A major developer cast aspersions on Linux support for a crucial piece of middleware affecting many games. I want that news reported.

If Liam sat on news like this, waiting for official communications, half the controversial stories would break elsewhere, without any community damage control, such as dredgepits like Reddit.

Please keep doing what you're doing, Liam. It's much appreciated.
ageres 7 May 2019 at 12:57 pm UTC
And we, of course, believe Epic Games and Sweeney for they never lied before (*sarcasm*).
x_wing 7 May 2019 at 1:16 pm UTC
I'm starting to feel like we will have to actually start paying from our pockets to get proper support in our platform for even third party tools.

All this situation recalls me of the recent events of Vivox, with the difference that for this case we have the comments from two bullies of the industry. Propitious days...
shigutso 7 May 2019 at 1:16 pm UTC
The mistake here (and hopefully lesson learned) was believing Garry in the first place... Epic Games are not saints, of course not (their scummy practices are hurting Linux gaming already), but Garry... this guy behaves like Linux is a nightmare, haunting his dreams, while he maybe didn't realize Linux is powering all his smart devices and the whole god damn internet. What an interesting and sad person.
iiari 7 May 2019 at 3:08 pm UTC
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mao_dze_dunOh, for fuck sake, what do you people want? A written statement signed in Tim Sweeney's blood? They're not stopping anything and just being honest about prioritizing Windows over Linux because duh. Being critical of Epic is one thing, but being ridiculous tin foil wearer is just absurd.

Good for you for owning up the mistake Liam. Also thank you for the new info on the matter.
Yeah, I'm actually surprised Liam got even this much from them. The fact they bothered to address it at all (rather than one big shoulder shrug and a "who cares?") I find the most encouraging aspect of all...
Kristian 7 May 2019 at 3:25 pm UTC
" day-to-day prioritization decisions between anti-cheat issues across all of the platforms we support."

How is this different from a pause? As far as I can tell they nowhere in their statement explicitly deny a pause. Like all PR statements, theirs is ambiguously worded.
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