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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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jens 3 January 2020 at 6:18 pm UTC
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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...!

Thanks a lot , that made my evening
Liam Dawe 3 January 2020 at 6:33 pm UTC
PangachatNothing new here, Bungie banning linux gamers from Destiny 2 too. Because of reasons...
Wrong. Destiny 2 was banning Linux gamers using a literal hack to work around anti-cheat, anyone banned using it dug their own grave.
Imnotarobot 3 January 2020 at 8:22 pm UTC
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jordicomawe don't have the slow downs, hangs, random crashes.
Yep. No games , no problems.
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.

Not sure if anything has changed, but the last time i used it about two years ago it kicked me out while playing multiplayer games when there was an update. Also you could turn settings that makes stuff better, but then there is an update that makes you turn on settings and your old settings have been changed to different ones. That was two years ago. One of the things that really made me get out from it, because the constant hassle of having to set things up for your liking and never really getting anywhere. Not to mention how much ads there were. For a product that i payed money (meaning that i bought 8.1 for 10) it was unacceptable. Truly a garbage product. Maybe some have had better luck with Windows, but that was my experience of it.

Now even if things would have changed i would never go back, because they have done it once and im sure they will do stuff like that again or maybe even something worse.
BrazilianGamer 3 January 2020 at 8:33 pm UTC
It's just EA being the same POS it's always been
MayeulC 3 January 2020 at 9:51 pm UTC
Liam Dawe
PangachatNothing new here, Bungie banning linux gamers from Destiny 2 too. Because of reasons...
Wrong. Destiny 2 was banning Linux gamers using a literal hack to work around anti-cheat, anyone banned using it dug their own grave.

Oh, so it is safe to play? I refrained from it because of that. I think we really need a wiki page with sources on topics like these...
Liam Dawe 3 January 2020 at 10:45 pm UTC
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Liam Dawe
PangachatNothing new here, Bungie banning linux gamers from Destiny 2 too. Because of reasons...
Wrong. Destiny 2 was banning Linux gamers using a literal hack to work around anti-cheat, anyone banned using it dug their own grave.

Oh, so it is safe to play? I refrained from it because of that. I think we really need a wiki page with sources on topics like these...
No, you still cannot play as it won't work.
begui 4 January 2020 at 12:37 am UTC
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Goldpaw 4 January 2020 at 7:10 am UTC
jordicomaThe next step is forcing to have x.y.z version installed with y.z hardware to be able to play. They should put a warning before buying a game like this.

EA should just stick to consoles. They've never appeared to accept the multitude of setups on the PC platform anyway.
Sir_Diealot 4 January 2020 at 9:51 am UTC
Don't you worry, once you play via Stadia and friends this will be a problem of the past.
Purple Library Guy 5 January 2020 at 5:07 am UTC
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Liam Dawe
PangachatNothing new here, Bungie banning linux gamers from Destiny 2 too. Because of reasons...
Wrong. Destiny 2 was banning Linux gamers using a literal hack to work around anti-cheat, anyone banned using it dug their own grave.

Oh, so it is safe to play? I refrained from it because of that. I think we really need a wiki page with sources on topics like these...
No, you still cannot play as it won't work.
So it was banning Linux gamers using a literal hack to get the game (that they had purchased) to work. Well, fair enough then.

... I know, I know, I do get the logic. I do think that in theory the way this stuff seems to work, game publishers of games that use Anti-Cheat systems ought to ban all purchasers of the games from playing them. After all, while it's marginally less obvious than with Linux gamers, all gamers could be cheating by doing something that gets around the Anti-Cheat system, without the game publishers being able to detect it. Just because most of them aren't actually cheating shouldn't matter; that isn't apparently the issue with Linux gamers, just that they potentially could be--but the same is true of everyone else. Ban everybody! Much cheaper servers that way.


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