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Epic Games have awarded the FOSS game manager Lutris with an Epic MegaGrant

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The Lutris team announced yesterday that Epic Games have now awarded them a sum of money from the Epic MegaGrants pot.

In the Patreon post, the Lutris team announced they've been awarded $25,000. While this might be quite a surprise to some, Tim Sweeney the CEO of Epic Games, did actually suggest they apply for it which we covered here back in April. To see it actually happen though, that's seriously awesome for the team building this free and open source game manager.

While it's a shame Epic Games have no current interest in officially supporting their store on Linux, at least this way the Lutris team has some extra funding towards getting it nicely running with Wine and their Lutris application.

As for what they're planning to to with the funding:

The funds received will go forward improving the platform as a whole but in particular towards the development of tools ensuring the stability of games or launchers installed through Lutris.

Lutris

Lutris has come a long way in a short time too. It's an extremely handy application, allowing you to sort through games gathered across multiple stores like Steam, GOG, Humble Store, plus Emulators and Wine/Proton for everything not available on Linux (like the Epic Store).

Running the Epic Games Store through Lutris/Wine doesn't mean every game will work though, that will depend on the individual game. Fortnite, for example, won't work at all due to the anti-cheat and it's likely going to take a long time before Wine gets to a stage where it can work with it. Still, it's nice to see steps like this taken by Epic Games.

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Grifter 1 December 2019 at 4:05 pm UTC
Liam DaweSeriously, where do people keep coming up with this? They did not say it would no longer be purchasable on Steam.

From Psyonix, they've chosen their words carefully and said for now, until it hits EGC it will remain as is on steam, and afterwards anyone who owns it will still be able to play it on steam. Well anyway, I guess we'll see when the time comes.
Liam Dawe 1 December 2019 at 4:06 pm UTC
Grifter
Liam DaweSeriously, where do people keep coming up with this? They did not say it would no longer be purchasable on Steam.

From Psyonix, they've chosen their words carefully and said for now, until it hits EGC it will remain as is on steam, and afterwards anyone who owns it will still be able to play it on steam. Well anyway, I guess we'll see when the time comes.
I said about this before, but I will say it again: I fully suspect their wording is because it will be going free to play, which is why they're saying it will be supported.
Grifter 1 December 2019 at 4:10 pm UTC
I suppose that is possible, I assume the same but I always thought that they'd limit account creation to EGS, it didn't occur to me that they might let free to play accounts be generated by steam... That actually makes me feel a little easier =)

EDIT: And that would actually jive more with the decision to remove the DLC from the platforms, and put everything into the client as ingame purchases.


Last edited by Grifter on 1 December 2019 at 4:12 pm UTC
Doc Angelo 1 December 2019 at 7:08 pm UTC
If they wanted to be clear about this, they could've clear it up. They did not.
Patola 2 December 2019 at 1:51 am UTC
Well, what the hell. Rocket League regional prices are back. I wouldn't expect that. With the steam sales 50% discount, it is now 1/5 of the full non-regional price.
Epic Games is really confusing. Sometimes they act like a jerk, other times they act like a good guy, like with this grant and returning to regional prices.
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Nanobang 2 December 2019 at 2:44 pm UTC
SwiftpawSupporting Lutris/WINE means they have no plans for supporting or releasing for Linux.

That's what I'm thinking too. Moreover, I imagine that Epic is grooming Lutris to become an Epic games on Linux by proxy. I imagine $25k will go a long way to improving Lutris for a lot less than it would cost Epic to offer equal support for Linux in-house.
orochi_kyo 2 December 2019 at 3:46 pm UTC
This is like receiving human trafficking money for using it to save the environment.

I do use Lutris but whats is funny here is how WINE/Proton/DXVK arent receiving Tim money.

We sure live in a twisted world, it is justified to take money from the same who actually wants to take PC gaming 15 years back?

Have a good day.
Maath 2 December 2019 at 4:08 pm UTC
I do hope they use this money for things other than supporting the Epic Games Store. I'm still not interested in that.
lejimster 3 December 2019 at 1:54 am UTC
It's weird, I used to be a massive fan of Epic games, right from the days of Epic Pinball, Jazz Jackrabbit and the original Unreal. They had people working there back then that cared about Linux and supported it to some degree, but as they've grown, they've lost their way, sold out to foreign investors and generally not a nice company they once were. I'm not saying they owe the Linux community anything, but they've invested about as little as possible into Vulkan and Linux with their own Unreal Engine, it's took outside developers to come in and fix things up for them. So while it's nice Lutris has some money for a well deserved project, this really is chump change to Epic.
appetrosyan 3 December 2019 at 9:59 am UTC
Don’t mean to sound rude, but that’s peanuts, and doesn’t compare to harm that these “good people” have done to Linux gaming by cutting games that worked via steam play and cutting them out. Also, venturing it into Lutris is telling. I think if they had any intention of developing their storefront t beyond the very basics, they would have simply released a Linux beta.

To give you an analogy of how disappointing this news is, think of a headline “a gamer donated £25 to the Linux foundation”. Don’t give them coverage.
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