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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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Kimyrielle 7 May 2019 at 3:27 pm UTC
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.

I guess it's because of the tremendous amount of bad blood caused by Epic Games in the community lately. The reaction to this is...quite human, I guess? It's hard to trust somebody with a track record of not giving a flying fish about you and openly saying so. Trust has be earned, and their posting is a first step towards reconciliation after breaking more porcelain than the proverbial bull in the china shop, nothing more, nothing less.
Liam Dawe 7 May 2019 at 3:38 pm UTC
scaineI 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.
Some people will only ever want me to cover something when it's 100% confirmed and not have any kind of speculation whatsoever, that's just not how the internet works though. As I tried to explain to others before, part of my reasoning in doing a lot of things early is so I can get ahead of all the utter clickbait out there. Some people don't accept that and as usual a couple people across Reddit are saying all sorts of horrible things - but fuck them.

The problem is, what if they don't reply in a few days, a week, 2 weeks? Everyone else covers it, we're left waiting. Better to get ahead of a problem, while still contacting people to ensure you get confirmation while making sure people know things are not confirmed.
Mal 7 May 2019 at 4:13 pm UTC
liamdawe
scaineI 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.
Some people will only ever want me to cover something when it's 100% confirmed and not have any kind of speculation whatsoever, that's just not how the internet works though. As I tried to explain to others before, part of my reasoning in doing a lot of things early is so I can get ahead of all the utter clickbait out there. Some people don't accept that and as usual a couple people across Reddit are saying all sorts of horrible things - but fuck them.

The problem is, what if they don't reply in a few days, a week, 2 weeks? Everyone else covers it, we're left waiting. Better to get ahead of a problem, while still contacting people to ensure you get confirmation while making sure people know things are not confirmed.

Don't worry about them Liam. Speculation is a right of men in the free world. Plus using you mind to connect the dots, formulate hypothesis, look for the hidden truth are all legit and valuable skills in journalists. What is cancer is deny, hide or distort the factual truth, but that's not what happened here.

All in all speculation even when it turns out wrong it prompts the involved actors to release official statements to the press to avoid misunderstandings and so is functional to get actual clarity. Which is what journalism is about.
EagleDelta 7 May 2019 at 4:17 pm UTC
gradyvuckovicOK, two things, good and bad... well, start with the bad I guess.

QuoteEarlier comments by a partner reflect ordinary day-to-day prioritization decisions

Wait, whose decisions? Facepunch's or EAC's? Sounds like EAC's? It doesn't sound like they're denying this but just qualifying it..

...

I don't know, there's a lot of PR talk in this.

Nothing really PR about it (other than the careful wording). The day-to-day prioritization of tasks/issues is very much a normal thing in development. All Dev decisions are weigh against impact, business need, risk, and so many other factors and prioritized based on that.
Salvatos 7 May 2019 at 4:27 pm UTC
EagleDeltaNothing really PR about it (other than the careful wording). The day-to-day prioritization of tasks/issues is very much a normal thing in development. All Dev decisions are weigh against impact, business need, risk, and so many other factors and prioritized based on that.
They essentially confirmed that they had paused support by neither saying nor denying it but vaguely qualifying Garry's claim and saying there are no long-term plan changes, which was never the subject. If that's not PR talk...

They could have been transparent and said something like "Yes, Linux support is currently on hold while our teams have their hands full with X and Y, but once that's cleared things will be back to normal."
EagleDelta 7 May 2019 at 4:42 pm UTC
Salvatos
EagleDeltaNothing really PR about it (other than the careful wording). The day-to-day prioritization of tasks/issues is very much a normal thing in development. All Dev decisions are weigh against impact, business need, risk, and so many other factors and prioritized based on that.
They essentially confirmed that they had paused support by neither saying nor denying it but vaguely qualifying Garry's claim and saying there are no long-term plan changes, which was never the subject. If that's not PR talk...

They could have been transparent and said something like "Yes, Linux support is currently on hold while our teams have their hands full with X and Y, but once that's cleared things will be back to normal."

Qualifying Garry's claim, maybe, but that "short term pause" may be for a single 2-week sprint (assuming that use that kind of dev process). We do that in development all the time.... we have to do that or very little would ever get done as we'd always get peppered with ad-hoc work.
Kimyrielle 7 May 2019 at 4:43 pm UTC
"Pausing" to work on such a piece of software is a funny concept overall. How do you "pause" supporting Anti Cheat software? This isn't a MMO where you can stop releasing new features for half a year and nothing bad will happen other than users getting bored. Anti-Cheat software is really a binary thing: It either works as intended, or does not. There is no in-between. Clients using this software HAVE to rely on it working correctly at any time. You can't hand them an anti cheat tool that stops the game from working on the platform its supposed to run on, nor can you tell them that it will catch only 50% of the known cheats because development is "paused".

It makes...no sense to me.
jens 7 May 2019 at 4:52 pm UTC
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Creak@liamdawe The mere fact that you apologize for "jumping the gun" is a proof to me that you want to build a transparent and honest community, and I praise you for that. Indeed you now have way more influence than a few years back, so now you need to be careful with that new responsibility ;)

Keep up the good work!
Sadly I'm already seeing people using it to give me grief but oh well, live and learn.

Thanks for the article and also congrats for becoming a public person ;)
Maath 7 May 2019 at 4:52 pm UTC
Garry Newman should just go back to making music.

What we're talking about here is just gossip. Communications as they are now, we can gossip at the speed of light. I think it is fine to provide information as it is known, and the human race will just need to learn to squelch its gossiping tendencies online.
Salvatos 7 May 2019 at 5:08 pm UTC
EagleDelta
Salvatos
EagleDeltaNothing really PR about it (other than the careful wording). The day-to-day prioritization of tasks/issues is very much a normal thing in development. All Dev decisions are weigh against impact, business need, risk, and so many other factors and prioritized based on that.
They essentially confirmed that they had paused support by neither saying nor denying it but vaguely qualifying Garry's claim and saying there are no long-term plan changes, which was never the subject. If that's not PR talk...

They could have been transparent and said something like "Yes, Linux support is currently on hold while our teams have their hands full with X and Y, but once that's cleared things will be back to normal."

Qualifying Garry's claim, maybe, but that "short term pause" may be for a single 2-week sprint (assuming that use that kind of dev process). We do that in development all the time.... we have to do that or very little would ever get done as we'd always get peppered with ad-hoc work.
I'm not saying they shouldn't pause, just that there's no reason to dance around the issue and release such a non-statement. That just makes them look shady.
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