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Thanks to some effort from the team behind Lutris (and Wine of course), you can now run the Epic Store quite easily on Linux.

The official Lutris Twitter account posted this yesterday:

Good news! @EpicGames Store is now fully functional under Linux if you use Lutris to install it! No issues observed whatsoever. lutris.net/games/epic-gam… @TimSweeneyEpic will probably like this

What's interesting is that Tim Sweeney, the founder of Epic Games, directly replied to their Twitter post to say "Great work!" but even more interestingly they also sent another Tweet with this:

@LutrisGaming please consider applying: unrealengine.com/en-US/megagran…

So while the Epic Store doesn't have a Linux version currently on their roadmap, it seems they are at least willing in some way to support a community effort of getting it running on Linux. Not ideal of course but better than nothing? Considering all the free games the Epic Store are giving out and likely plenty of them will work fine in Wine, this might be quite interesting for some of our readers.

I tested it out briefly and it does indeed work nicely, thanks to Lutris it really is a one-click install:

To my surprise, installing (and actually playing) The Witness which is currently free on the Epic Store, worked fine as well. Honestly, I'm shocked at how easy this all is.

Personally, I still hope that one day Epic Games do bring their store to Linux officially. I would honestly love to play Fortnite properly on Linux, as I'm sure plenty of others would as there's nothing like it available on Linux. There's some that may be slightly similar but nothing really close.

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ElectricPrism 18 April 2019 at 8:41 am UTC
@epic. I want Unreal Tournament 4 self updating on Linux.

You do that and bring a native client and we got a truce.
Lightsong 18 April 2019 at 8:52 am UTC
ElectricPrism@epic. I want Unreal Tournament 4 self updating on Linux.

You do that and bring a native client and we got a truce.

Good luck updating a completely abandoned game
omer666 18 April 2019 at 9:13 am UTC
@epic, look at Quake Champions. That's the kind of games we want to play: Violent, fast-paced FPS. Not some gimmicky nonsense for kids.
Dorrit 18 April 2019 at 9:29 am UTC
QuoteSo while the Epic Store doesn't have a Linux version currently on their roadmap, it seems they are at least willing in some way to support a community effort of getting it running on Linux
It sounds so like "let's throw some bread crumbs to those annoying pigeons, er, penguins"
After all these years we're still with the leftovers from the Windows world
Corben 18 April 2019 at 9:31 am UTC
This is how it has to start, I guess. We were playing games with wine way before Valve decided to support Linux natively. And this showed them there is interest. Then Microsoft did its store thing, and game platforms where looking for alternatives. Without wine we wouldn't have that I guess. So yeah, I think it's a good start that the Epic client is now working properly on Linux via a compatibility layer. Which may lead then to a native client sooner or later, especially as Epic is looking for Linux engineers. And I guess not only for backend stuff.

I know we prefer a proper native support, I do this as well. But being able to play now games, that are known to work well with wine+dxvk (e.g. Metro Exodus), it's at least something.

edit: will we see a community driven project like protondb for games that work with wine/dxvk from the epic store soon, or with this be listed on winehq?


Last edited by Corben at 18 April 2019 at 9:32 am UTC
Liam Dawe 18 April 2019 at 9:48 am UTC
CorbenThis is how it has to start, I guess. We were playing games with wine way before Valve decided to support Linux natively. And this showed them there is interest. Then Microsoft did its store thing, and game platforms where looking for alternatives. Without wine we wouldn't have that I guess. So yeah, I think it's a good start that the Epic client is now working properly on Linux via a compatibility layer. Which may lead then to a native client sooner or later, especially as Epic is looking for Linux engineers. And I guess not only for backend stuff.

I know we prefer a proper native support, I do this as well. But being able to play now games, that are known to work well with wine+dxvk (e.g. Metro Exodus), it's at least something.

edit: will we see a community driven project like protondb for games that work with wine/dxvk from the epic store soon, or with this be listed on winehq?
Honestly, I think it's crazy how many people turn their noses up at Wine. I've said it before and I will say it again, without Wine letting me play some games on Linux in the early days I simply wouldn't be here today.

I now take what I can, where I can. If I can get a game working on Linux, officially or not and have fun with it that's what matters most. The majority really don't care about the little details, they just want things to work.
Solitary 18 April 2019 at 10:29 am UTC
Why even bother with this inferior store?
Arnvidr 18 April 2019 at 10:33 am UTC
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Copied my languishing Subnautica save over from my Windows partition, seems to run well, maybe I'll pick it back up again
ixnari 18 April 2019 at 10:38 am UTC
I applaud the Lutris team for their efforts. However, this is a feature I will not be using for the foreseeable future. The Epic Game Store is so blatantly anti-consumer, it sickens me. I get what they're trying to do: they're trying to make a competitor to Steam and break up Valve's market share. But they are doing this by stepping on every single toe they can see by buying up games and making them exclusive to their store when they weren't before (Metro: Exodus, Satisfactory, etc.).

As a consumer, this irritates me greatly. I want choice, not forced exclusivity. Mr. Sweeney doesn't seem to mind, though. EGS is a very developer-oriented store as this article points out. The consumers are very much second-class citizens at Epic, which quite frankly, would be reason enough for me to ignore EGS completely, even if I weren't using Linux. Articles like this one don't help either. In this one Tim seems to suggest that gamers are ignorant, because we "don't understand" what Epic is doing, which is as we all know, a great way to win over customers.

tl;dr: Epic bad.
mylka 18 April 2019 at 11:03 am UTC
make sure you get your free copy of WITNESS
and in a few hours TRANSISTOR

i wont give epic my money, but i collect all the free games, like on uplay
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