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winepak [Official Site] is another interesting Wine-related project. One that aims to package up an assortment of Windows-only games that work in Wine using the power of Flatpak packages.

I'm not going to get into the politics of Snap vs Flatpak, mostly because I don't care for the arguments surrounding it and end-users shouldn't care as long as they work and work well.

Much like today's previous post about Track Mania Nations Forever having an easy to use Snap package, winepak seems to aim a bit higher and offer a repository of games. The advantage of using such packages (Snaps or Flatpaks), is that it should come with everything you need to get the Windows game running on Linux, without having to mess around with configurations. It's a new project though, so there's likely a fair amount of kinks to work out.

Their listed goals are simple:

  • Package wine applications via flatpak
  • Make installing and running applications Just Work

Currently it seems to offer: League of Legends, Path of Exile, Blizzard's BattleNet client along with, Overwatch, Starcraft II and World of Warcraft, World of Tanks and more. The full list can be found on GitHub here, although some don't work like Fortnite. Obviously, it does depend on Wine and what Wine build they include with each game.

Testing it myself, it seems that both League of Legends and World of Tanks had no issues with their launchers downloading, logging in and updating using this Flatpak method.

For those wondering how legal this is, well, it doesn't have to include any of the installers itself. It will just download them for you, so it's not actually redistributing stuff it's not supposed to.

Curiously, it seems the mind behind winepak, Julian Richen, is the same developer who we chucked some bucks some time ago to help re-design our website (which turned into our current theme). Always nice to see more from someone you've worked with before.

Will be fun to see how far this project goes, as I said it's early days yet. If projects like this can help bridge the gap, for people moving over to Linux so they don't lose access to some of their favourite games and have an easy way to play them—I'm all for it. It can help ease the transition until they become fully fledged Linux gamers. A lot of potential here.

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TheSHEEEP 13 June 2018 at 3:18 pm UTC
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That's a good idea, but my hope is that such functionality should be made official and implemented within Wine itself.
After all, Wine's biggest problem is that is simply doesn't "just work". There's always some fiddling around required.
Krogan86 13 June 2018 at 3:36 pm UTC
That's look really cool to not have to tinker with wine anymore.
Whitewolfe80 13 June 2018 at 3:37 pm UTC
There are three titles that work so far saw this on OMG ubuntu yesterday and mentioned it in the wine post but the games are overwatch fortnite and wow
Krogan86 13 June 2018 at 3:41 pm UTC
That's look really cool to not have to tinker with wine anymore.
Whitewolfe80There are three titles that work so far saw this on OMG ubuntu yesterday and mentioned it in the wine post but the games are overwatch fortnite and wow

Wait Fortnite is working on Linux ? I really want to play this one, i looked at winehq and its rated as "garbage".
Whitewolfe80 13 June 2018 at 3:44 pm UTC
Krogan86That's look really cool to not have to tinker with wine anymore.
Whitewolfe80There are three titles that work so far saw this on OMG ubuntu yesterday and mentioned it in the wine post but the games are overwatch fortnite and wow

Wait Fortnite is working on Linux ? I really want to play this one, i looked at winehq and its rated as "garbage".

I have not personally tested it so i couldnt say for sure but if wine is listed it as garabge i imagine if it works it doesnt work terribly well.
Shmerl 13 June 2018 at 3:52 pm UTC
I don't mind tinkering with Wine. One problem with "just works" approach that was also used for example in PlayOnLinux installation scripts for games, is that it grew huge and no one was maintaining those scripts. So they quickly became obsolete. It's safer just to install something yourself using newest submissions in Wine AppDB.


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cprn 13 June 2018 at 3:53 pm UTC
Wait... Are they going to offer this to developers for purpose of Steam distribution? If so, sounds interesting. If not, I don't get it. How are they going to distribute Flatpaks of copyrighted titles?
BFG9000 13 June 2018 at 3:54 pm UTC
I really hope this takes off and makes Wine easier. Setting up Wine is a pain in the butt even with Lutris sometimes, and being able to just install and play would be awesome!
Shmerl 13 June 2018 at 3:55 pm UTC
cprnWait... Are they going to offer this to developers for purpose of Steam distribution? If so, sounds interesting. If not, I don't get it. How are they going to distribute Flatpaks of copyrighted titles?

They don't distribute titles, they just offer bundles where something is installed from a known isntaller that you provide. Same idea as PlayOnLinux scripts I suppose, except in Flatpak.
Whitewolfe80 13 June 2018 at 3:55 pm UTC
cprnWait... Are they going to offer this to developers for purpose of Steam distribution? If so, sounds interesting. If not, I don't get it. How are they going to distribute Flatpaks of copyrighted titles?

Possibly the way lutris does it you have to link your steam profile at some point so you can only play the games you have discs/steam licence for.
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