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Looks like EA might be banning Linux gamers using Wine to play Battlefield V

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A heads up: there's been reports of people being banned by EA and having EA claim their ban will stay, for playing Battlefield V with Wine + DXVK.

The post on the Lutris forum, has multiple people claiming the same thing. This wouldn't be the first time playing an online game with some form of Wine got people banned, as the same happened with Activision Blizzard and the game Overwatch although the majority of those bans were overturned. In this case, things might not go so well with EA already telling users they will not "remove this sanction from your account"—ouch.

Just another reason why I continue to fight for supported Linux releases. Support developers with your money that support the platform. Playing with Wine (and so Steam Play Proton too), is almost always not supported by the original developer and so they have no reason to actually do anything when problems like this arise. As much as it's a terrible situation, it's best to not play multiplayer titles (EA especially it seems) with Wine based solutions if they have anti-cheat systems in place.

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einherjar 3 January 2020 at 2:01 pm UTC
It is no wonder to me.
Using a Anti Cheat solution via a translationlayer, which can not be controlled by this Anti Cheat solution must lead to a ban.
That is the way this kind of software works.

One should never play Multiplayer games via Proton/Wine/DXVK, when it is not officially supported.

I use and like Proton - but only for singleplayer games.
Seegras 3 January 2020 at 2:21 pm UTC
einherjarUsing a Anti Cheat solution via a translationlayer, which can not be controlled by this Anti Cheat solution must lead to a ban.
Actually, it's a lot deeper than that. The Anti-Cheat-Jerks try to effect control of a system they don't own. Which can only fail. And this applies to Windows too.

If they would write games with the assumption that they can't control the device, most cheats wouldn't even work. But hey, performance is more important than to inhibit cheating, and so they resort to crappy attempts at control.

Last edited by Seegras on 3 January 2020 at 2:22 pm UTC
14 3 January 2020 at 2:43 pm UTC
And here I almost bought Battlefield V last year since I saw several videos of Linux gamers playing it and I used to love the Battlefield games. But I couldn't get myself to buy a Windows game. I'm glad (sadly) that I held off. (I do play Overwatch because it came in a bundle.) Actually, I can't think of the last time I bought an EA game. Anthem and Andromeda were the last ones I was interested in and they were both flops, so I didn't buy them either.
LibertyPaulM 3 January 2020 at 3:18 pm UTC
This highlights the need to work with companies like Valve and Codeweavers to solve the anti cheat conundrum in their compatibility layer solutions. That is the only thing holding back linux gaming at present
heidi.wenger 3 January 2020 at 4:00 pm UTC
EA should be ashamed of themselves. Do they have shame of any kind on anything they do? Apparently not it seems. Just a cold machine heart.

They will never be remembered the same warm way, say, Sierra and Lucasarts now are. Imagine the world without Linux for starters
Pangachat 3 January 2020 at 5:29 pm UTC
Nothing new here, Bungie banning linux gamers from Destiny 2 too. Because of reasons...
pete910 3 January 2020 at 5:33 pm UTC
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Eike 3 January 2020 at 5:56 pm UTC
TheSHEEEPBeing banned by EA is like being banned by the devil from giving him your soul...
People should be thankful.

Reminds me of the worst German tabloid, "BILD". When I stumble upon a page there, it says you cannot read the page with an add blocker, and I always think, phew, that was close...!
Eike 3 January 2020 at 6:11 pm UTC
jordicomaauto reboots for the updates that the windows gamers has.
Windows does not have such problems. The problem is on the chair in front of the monitor.

There are no forced updates on Windows...?
Shmerl 3 January 2020 at 6:13 pm UTC
Kick EA, they don't deserve your attention.
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