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Here's something interesting, Epic Games are launching their Epic Online Services and it will support Linux as well as multiple different game engines.

Building upon the work they've done with Fortnite, it's going to offer support for: Parties, an in-game Overlay, Matchmaking, Player reports, Achievements, leaderboards, stats and so on. Don't get too excited though, as right now it's only offering Game analytics (telemetry about players) and a support ticket system with everything else "Coming soon".

On the official page that's now live, it shows the happy little Linux "tux" logo and in the FAQ at the bottom it clearly states it too:

Epic Online Services will initially come with built-in support for Windows, Mac, and Linux. PlayStation, Xbox, Android, Switch, and iOS support will be added in the coming months.

Regardless of your feelings towards Epic Games and their current exclusive deal strategy, it's still essential that services like this support Linux. Lots of developers use the Unreal Engine which they will no doubt push for developers to use this, also since it will support Unity, other games engines and other stores (So Steam is fine too) if even more developers use it then we don't want another barrier for Linux game development.

As for the Epic Store itself, don't get excited about that either, it's still not even on their (now public) roadmap.

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grenadecx 22 March 2019 at 12:15 pm UTC
gradyvuckovicI'm pretty sure they wouldn't announce this if not for Google Stadia, and like you said, they still have no plans to actually sell any Linux games through their store.

Actually they would. This is not news, they already said they would do this quite some time ago.

Well I guess they could have prior knowledge to Google Stadia from back then as well, but I still think it would be unlikely that this move is because of that.
mylka 22 March 2019 at 12:16 pm UTC
MalAnd so, one day, they will buy third party games and release them exclusively on linux. And I will be forced to stand up for the windows junkies out there. This gaming world is so messed up.

if i had the fortnite money, i would totally do it

here you have metro.... but linux exclusive for 1 year
i brought you pc master race heavy rain.... but linux exclusive for 1 year
you like factorio... here you have it in 3D, called satisfactory.... but linux exclusive for 1 year
i heard you like RDR2, here we go.... but linux exclusive for 1 year

that would be so funny... 95% pc gamers pissed off, hackers start to build windows wrappers, to make it playable on windows


Last edited by mylka at 22 March 2019 at 12:20 pm UTC
BielFPs 22 March 2019 at 12:32 pm UTC
mylka
MalAnd so, one day, they will buy third party games and release them exclusively on linux. And I will be forced to stand up for the windows junkies out there. This gaming world is so messed up.

if i had the fortnite money, i would totally do it

here you have metro.... but linux exclusive for 1 year
i brought you pc master race heavy rain.... but linux exclusive for 1 year
you like factorio... here you have it in 3D, called satisfactory.... but linux exclusive for 1 year
i heard you like RDR2, here we go.... but linux exclusive for 1 year

that would be so funny... 95% pc gamers pissed off, hackers start to build windows wrappers, to make it playable on windows

Windows users excited with a new version of "LINE" so they could test what Linux games are working on windows
tonR 22 March 2019 at 12:35 pm UTC
BielFPs
mylka
MalAnd so, one day, they will buy third party games and release them exclusively on linux. And I will be forced to stand up for the windows junkies out there. This gaming world is so messed up.

if i had the fortnite money, i would totally do it

here you have metro.... but linux exclusive for 1 year
i brought you pc master race heavy rain.... but linux exclusive for 1 year
you like factorio... here you have it in 3D, called satisfactory.... but linux exclusive for 1 year
i heard you like RDR2, here we go.... but linux exclusive for 1 year

that would be so funny... 95% pc gamers pissed off, hackers start to build windows wrappers, to make it playable on windows

Windows users excited with a new version of "LINE" so they could test what Linux games are working on windows

Linux Is Next (Windows) Emulator.

ADD: (Forgot to add comments)

Like EA plans on Halcyon. I'm believed it when I see it for real.


Last edited by tonR at 22 March 2019 at 12:58 pm UTC
Mohandevir 22 March 2019 at 1:12 pm UTC
Did Epic ever contributed to open source in any form? The day I see Epic contribute patches to gpu drivers or other gaming related stuff (not related directly to their Unreal engine), I might change my point of view. For the moment and unless I missed something, I have absolutely no trust in that company. They take what they feel is good for them and give nothing in return.

They already did too many shady stuff and I'm not only talking about the exclusives deals.
Mountain Man 22 March 2019 at 2:06 pm UTC
Gee, that's great. Too bad they don't support Linux in their own games.
TheRiddick 22 March 2019 at 3:32 pm UTC
I think there are linux exclusive games available. Seems people only get upset when its hugely anticipated title, otherwise they just couldn't gaf...


Last edited by TheRiddick at 22 March 2019 at 3:33 pm UTC
Mohandevir 22 March 2019 at 3:58 pm UTC
TheRiddickI think there are linux exclusive games available. Seems people only get upset when its hugely anticipated title, otherwise they just couldn't gaf...

??? Please be more specific. I don't get your point. There are way much more Windows exclusives and we are note upstet about that either. That's not the problem...
Kimyrielle 22 March 2019 at 6:19 pm UTC
Screw them! Companies that base their business strategy around taking away consumer choice end up on my shit-list pretty quickly, no matter if they support Linux or not (not that they would). I wish them a quick bankruptcy and their management a very long time of unemployment.
Whitewolfe80 22 March 2019 at 6:24 pm UTC
Well they just bought outer worlds as an exclusive to the epic launcher and once again it was removed from steam for purchase
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