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Tim Sweeney, the Founder and CEO of Epic Games took to Twitter again recently to answer some questions about Linux and gaming.

Why? Well, it seems the previously incorrect reports about Easy Anti-Cheat dropping Linux support like to reappear and people end up spreading it around. Even though it has since been clarified, people still end up spreading it.

In reply to someone on Twitter asking Sweeney what his "beef" is with Linux, Sweeney replied with:

Linux is a great. UE4, Epic Online Services, and Easy Anti-Cheat support it as a native runtime platform, and we’re seeking to better support Wine as a solution for running Epic Games store window titles.

Note: I did attempt to get clarification on the Wine and Epic Games Store bit in the above quote, to see if Sweeney meant the whole store in Wine or to get the store on Linux and use Wine like Valve does with Steam Play but he hasn't replied yet.

Another interesting thing Sweeney said around this, was in reply to a user asking about Easy Anti-Cheat, to which Sweeney responded with:

EAC has native Linux binaries in beta, supporting several native games in active release. This missing link is native Linux anti-cheat integration with Wine/Proton so that games running under Wine are protected. This is in the works but is a big task.

So the situation sounds pretty clear. Easy Anti-Cheat does continue to support Linux and Wine/Steam Play support for Easy Anti-Cheat should be happening. Sweeney's comments shouldn't be too surprising if you've been following our news for a while, as he previously said "WINE is the one hope for breaking the cycle".

A long time ago I would have disagreed, but since Valve came along with Steam Play (which bundles Wine, DXVK and more together in the Steam Client) I somewhat agree with this. It has opened up Linux gaming to a wider audience already, so people don't have to worry about losing their entire back catalogue of Windows-only titles and compatibility continues to improve with new each release.

As for some other interesting things that came up recently, someone mentioned Sweeney's previous comment comparing installing Linux to moving to Canada, if you didn't like "US political trends". Sweeney also replied to clarify what he meant by this:

These statements are consistent. 99.9% of game playing is on mobile, console, and PC. A game developer who’s frustrated with other platforms can’t just retreat to Linux. They couldn’t earn a living. We have to fight for our freedoms on today’s platforms as they stand.

It's the whole chicken and egg debate again, users don't want to switch to Linux due to games and game developers don't want to support Linux due to fewer users.

I do get what he's saying, but I don't think the majority mean to only support Linux. On that point, I think he missed the mark a little. It's more about supporting Linux as an additional platform to help against lock-in, monopolies and continue to help break the cycle. Although, as mentioned above Wine/Steam Play have started to slowly even the playing field a bit there.

He goes on:

What are those rights? I think it’s the user’s right to install software of their choosing from sources of their choosing, developers’ right to release software on their own, and competition among stores.

I don't think anyone can truly disagree with that. Installing software from where you choose is quite important, as is competition. Even in the open source space, competition can be very healthy and push everyone to improve. That's true for online stores as well of course, a monopoly of any sort is a bad idea.

And finally:

Does this mean ever game developer has an obligation to release their game on every store? No, it’s their creative work, and they have a right to choose how to distribute it. That includes the right to negotiate store terms and reject stores that don’t pay them adequately.

He's not wrong there either of course, it is entirely down to a developer/publisher on where they release their games and what deals they take to do it. Be it Steam, Epic Store, Humble Store, GOG, itch.io and all the smaller stores.

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johndoe 16 July 2019 at 7:16 pm UTC
MunkBeing a human gives anyone the right to voice their opinion on someone else
Agreed.
Munkeven if it's insulting.
Disagreed.

You will never get a "higher" respect when you treat people this way.
Driving up the wall should not become daily routine.


Last edited by johndoe at 16 July 2019 at 7:16 pm UTC
Purple Library Guy 16 July 2019 at 8:26 pm UTC
johndoe
Purple Library GuyYou know, I didn't even read the article.
Yeah, you are right.
Purple Library GuyYou do realize that the main reason people don't like exclusives is about their impact on consumers, not developers, right? So developers not being coerced has nothing to do with whether Sweeney is evil. Completely off topic.
Off topic??? This Sweeney-Bashing started from the day Valve announced that Metro: Exodus goes "exclusive" to EGS - my argument. From this day on lots of gamers where angry. This is understandable but honestly does not give anybody the right to give him names. He is still a business man.
And now people are bashing against Sweeney in this article/post.
This article is in no way negative - it tells only "POSITIVE" things about Sweeney.
Look... he said (wrote) that Linux is great!
Next question should be...
Cool, Mr. Sweeny. So Linux client is CONFIRMED;). When will the launch happen? Because of the lack of functions in EGS this should be doable THIS year, right?.
... instead of bashing.
Who is now off topic??????
Who is off topic? Still you. You said developers weren't being harmed, therefore Sweeney wasn't evil. But nobody's allegations about Sweeney being evil have had to do with developers being harmed (by exclusives). They have been on a different topic--the question of consumers being harmed (by exclusives). Therefore, your point, being on a different topic from the one people were up in arms about, failed to refute their collective positions because it was off topic.

Note that this does not constitute me saying Sweeney is, or isn't, evil. The point is that if some people say apples are green and you say no, oranges are orange, this--despite being true--fails to refute the people alleging apples are green, because it is off topic. To do that, you would have to argue that apples are red.

I would add that you are saying to me that I should repent of my position that I think Sweeney's words generally don't have any meaning and aren't worth paying attention to--because his most recent words sound pleasant. This also seems to me to miss the point I was making, rather than refuting it. I'm willing to stipulate that his most recent words sound pleasant; I trust you entirely on this. I just don't think it matters much.


Last edited by Purple Library Guy at 16 July 2019 at 8:41 pm UTC
Purple Library Guy 16 July 2019 at 8:29 pm UTC
johndoe
MunkBeing a human gives anyone the right to voice their opinion on someone else
Agreed.
Munkeven if it's insulting.
Disagreed.

You will never get a "higher" respect when you treat people this way.
Driving up the wall should not become daily routine.
And who is treating whom how in this discussion? You seem an imperfect instance of what you preach.
Linuxwarper 16 July 2019 at 9:04 pm UTC
He comes off as opportunistic, I don't trust him. If he believes Linux is truly great, then he can push for adoption of software that would help the platform. I wish I could say he's a good guy, but since EGS exclusivity began I see mostly garbage actions by him. Remember, he compared using Linux to moving to Canada if you weren't happy with US. That's not exactly a statement one would make if one truly believed Linux is great. Unless of course he means Linux is great because it's cheap and inexpensive for servers and similar, and not actual desktop Linux.
johndoe 16 July 2019 at 9:46 pm UTC
Purple Library GuyAnd who is treating whom how in this discussion? You seem an imperfect instance of what you preach.
I'm preaching nothing.
My last two sentences...
johndoeYou will never get a "higher" respect when you treat people this way.
Driving up the wall should not become daily routine.
...were not directed towards Munk - sorry for the confusion.

It was meant in common and to be honest... it describes ME some years back.


Last edited by johndoe at 16 July 2019 at 10:21 pm UTC
Purple Library Guy 16 July 2019 at 10:20 pm UTC
johndoe
Purple Library GuyAnd who is treating whom how in this discussion? You seem an imperfect instance of what you preach.
I'm preaching nothing.
You are telling everyone how to act--in a nutshell, that none of us should criticize public figures in general or Tim Sweeney in particular. And in a rather pushy way, tending to approach the hot-under-the-collar, although you're not getting personal. This seems preachy. I don't know about anyone else here, but personally, it gets my back up some.
johndoe 16 July 2019 at 10:47 pm UTC
Purple Library GuyYou are telling everyone how to act--in a nutshell, that none of us should criticize public figures in general or Tim Sweeney in particular. And in a rather pushy way, tending to approach the hot-under-the-collar, although you're not getting personal. This seems preachy. I don't know about anyone else here, but personally, it gets my back up some.
Maybe this is because I'm older than the most people here and think differently.
I for my part want EGS for Linux - you not?
Purple Library Guy 16 July 2019 at 11:37 pm UTC
johndoe
Purple Library GuyYou are telling everyone how to act--in a nutshell, that none of us should criticize public figures in general or Tim Sweeney in particular. And in a rather pushy way, tending to approach the hot-under-the-collar, although you're not getting personal. This seems preachy. I don't know about anyone else here, but personally, it gets my back up some.
Maybe this is because I'm older than the most people here and think differently.
I for my part want EGS for Linux - you not?
I'm in my fifties; I had taken you for quite young.
I for my part want EGS to fail, and stand as an example of what not to do for other would-be Steam competitors, in hopes that such future competitors decide to do things differently (and in the mean while a platform, Steam, which backs Linux and has certain other advantages continues to dominate). If it unfortunately succeeds, I suppose I would prefer it support Linux than not. But again, the connection you draw between this and how we talk about Tim Sweeney is mistaken.


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johndoe 17 July 2019 at 10:08 am UTC
Purple Library GuyI'm in my fifties; I had taken you for quite young.
I for my part want EGS to fail, and stand as an example of what not to do for other would-be Steam competitors, in hopes that such future competitors decide to do things differently (and in the mean while a platform, Steam, which backs Linux and has certain other advantages continues to dominate). If it unfortunately succeeds, I suppose I would prefer it support Linux than not. But again, the connection you draw between this and how we talk about Tim Sweeney is mistaken.

Hats off! I'm 44 years old, married and have 2 sons dancing every day on my nose.
There is no better linux supporter than Valve, Feral, ...right.
Let me explain what I think...
Valve released Steam september 2003. It took them 10 years to release Steam for linux in 2013.
When I'm not wrong, Half Life had a linux server from the start. What took so long?
Sure, the way Sweeney chose with EGS and exclusives is not very nice. But don't let forget that they are time based.
I have waited 10 years for Steam - so I can wait one year for Metro:Exodus as an example.
He said they are working on EAC. Doesn't this sound good?. And while they are at it why should they ignore the fact, that Linux is moving into the foreground... Vulkan, more and more Mesa developers, Proton/Wine, DXVK, Valve as linux employer and developer, D9VK, Intel developing der own GPUs with linux in mind, Stadia...
EGS is only 1/2 years old and far from being complete.
I HOPE that Epic will release a linux client as soon as possible - finishing EAC is a good start.
When this happens, then we CONSUMERS have another place where we can choose to buy our games or not.
I also think that UE4 is a good engine (Everspace, _Observer, ...) and we might lose it if we treat the people behind it worse.
The best we can do is to convince more people/companies to support linux, be patient and polite.
Mal 17 July 2019 at 10:52 am UTC
johndoe
Purple Library GuyYou are telling everyone how to act--in a nutshell, that none of us should criticize public figures in general or Tim Sweeney in particular. And in a rather pushy way, tending to approach the hot-under-the-collar, although you're not getting personal. This seems preachy. I don't know about anyone else here, but personally, it gets my back up some.
Maybe this is because I'm older than the most people here and think differently.
I for my part want EGS for Linux - you not?

Heh... the small scope yes/no question trap. To make people lose sight of the big picture.

What I (and most of us here I think) want in general as users/consumers is not being manipulated or straight out coerced. We are especially in love with freedom.

In that regard yes: having EGS on linux is part of what I want. It gives me more choice.

Though I hope I don't have to explain with another textwall how the additional choice power derived from having EGS on linux would be overwhelmingly overshadowed by the despicable anti consumer practices Epic is actuating with it. In the big picture it would still result in a net loss of freedom.

So in the unlikely event that this happens, I'll definitely boycott it.


Last edited by Mal at 17 July 2019 at 4:59 pm UTC
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