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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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scaine 6 years 24 April 2019 at 10:10 pm UTC
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I couldn't care less about Fortnight tbh, but I'm quite keen to play Vermintide II which is in the same boat. There are probably a handle of other games I'd play if EAC was no longer an issue.
kneekoo 25 April 2019 at 12:26 am UTC
Purple Library GuyI gave you a paragraph explaining how I feel there's a duty to be nice to people, as opposed to the lack of such a duty towards companies. Your response of
QuoteNot to speak too ill of normal fellow human beings? Wow, you must be popular with people who don't aim to please you. Forgive my sarcasm
Was basically accusing me of being nasty to people, precisely the opposite of my point, which was, to show the same confidence in my statements you do in yours, perfectly clear. [...] your misinterpretation led you to go ad hominem, which I haven't done with you.
It was an unpleasant thing to say. I would be happy if you retracted it. And doing so would be consistent with your repeated claims to niceness and constructiveness.

Have you re-read what I asked you to, to confirm that I didn't say that you (the people on this website) badmouthed Valve? Because sometimes I'm not specific enough and my words can be interpreted in various ways, but in that case I see no reason to believe that by "the Linux community" I meant this community specifically.

And I quoted you when I made that statement. Here are your words, in bold, to understand why I paraphrased (not attacked) you:
Purple Library GuyI have some responsibility with normal fellow human beings to give them some benefit of doubts, to not speak too ill of them, to take into account their point of view and so forth. That responsibility does not extend to corporations and is seriously diminished when it comes to their executives while in an official capacity.
Your own words imply that you speak ill of people, just not too ill. How else can that be understood? Because if you don't speak ill of people, why would you even say "not too ill"?
kneekoo 25 April 2019 at 1:03 am UTC
scaineNo one is "shaming" Epic for not releasing the client on Linux. Where are you getting that from?
I put a link on shaming, to the forum post that got a lot of likes.

scaineBut I'd happily shame them for their exclusives. They deserve a bit of shame in my opinion. But you're doing your best to defend them, which is odd, because you keep claiming to understand that they're bad.
As much as I hate exclusives, especially when it's about sequels to games that I liked, or games that weren't exclusive up to a certain point in time, shaming feels a bit too much for me to do. I will complain about it, but I'll leave it there. So I don't and won't defend anyone making exclusives, but rather ignore those games. I just feel that we should do fair, level-headed criticism and don't fall into shaming or worse, because it can alienate people from the Linux community, something that CDPR pointed out as a problem (link) and the reason against porting The Witcher 3.

This is what we should try to avoid:
QuoteI cannot help but feel this damaged CDPR's view of the Linux platform irrevocably.

scaineThere's other pieces in your latest mega-reply I disagree with, but I'm tired, and this discussion has run its course, I think.
It's long indeed, but I thought it would be better than separate posts to each post that I wanted to reply.
Purple Library Guy 25 April 2019 at 7:15 am UTC
kneekoo
Purple Library GuyI gave you a paragraph explaining how I feel there's a duty to be nice to people, as opposed to the lack of such a duty towards companies. Your response of
QuoteNot to speak too ill of normal fellow human beings? Wow, you must be popular with people who don't aim to please you. Forgive my sarcasm
Was basically accusing me of being nasty to people, precisely the opposite of my point, which was, to show the same confidence in my statements you do in yours, perfectly clear. [...] your misinterpretation led you to go ad hominem, which I haven't done with you.
It was an unpleasant thing to say. I would be happy if you retracted it. And doing so would be consistent with your repeated claims to niceness and constructiveness.

Have you re-read what I asked you to, to confirm that I didn't say that you (the people on this website) badmouthed Valve? Because sometimes I'm not specific enough and my words can be interpreted in various ways, but in that case I see no reason to believe that by "the Linux community" I meant this community specifically.

And I quoted you when I made that statement. Here are your words, in bold, to understand why I paraphrased (not attacked) you:
Purple Library GuyI have some responsibility with normal fellow human beings to give them some benefit of doubts, to not speak too ill of them, to take into account their point of view and so forth. That responsibility does not extend to corporations and is seriously diminished when it comes to their executives while in an official capacity.
Your own words imply that you speak ill of people, just not too ill. How else can that be understood? Because if you don't speak ill of people, why would you even say "not too ill"?
The context is entities that act like dicks. When companies do it, I have no responsibility to give them the benefit of the doubt etc. With people, I do. But in your case, I'm running low on doubt. Really, how hard is this and why is it so incredibly important to you that when you badmouth me it shouldn't be allowed to count as badmouthing?
It seems to me you're operating a double standard; your own behaviour doesn't have to measure up to your admonishments. While lecturing on good conduct, you sneer at me, then talk down to me for pointing it out. Your own conduct doesn't become good just because your wording is glib.


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Mal 25 April 2019 at 10:39 am UTC
Thank you lutris guys to give me the possibility to not install Epic Game Store client.

Mr Sweeney took away my ability to vote with my wallet by taking away the games he bought from the penguin, but now you gave it me back. And I choose to not support his anti consumer and anti pc gaming initiative.
scaine 6 years 25 April 2019 at 1:22 pm UTC
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kneekoo
scaineNo one is "shaming" Epic for not releasing the client on Linux. Where are you getting that from?
I put a link on shaming, to the forum post that got a lot of likes.

Your link isn't to a single comment - you can do that from the toolbar in the comment itself (one to the left of the "quote" button). You linked to a page of comments.

Regardless, I didn't see anything that qualified as shaming.

Honestly, I disagree with pretty much almost everything you've written on this topic. That happens, and it's a shame when we can't see eye to eye, or influence each other in any way, but there it is.
Eike 25 April 2019 at 1:58 pm UTC
scaineYour link isn't to a single comment - you can do that from the toolbar in the comment itself (one to the left of the "quote" button). You linked to a page of comments.

The link is to an actual comment, the one starting with "Well, this is absolutely something I was happy to leave on Windows, but on a technical level hats off to the clever folk who figured that out. Also shame on Epic Games. It's a bloody Electron app, which means 98% of the application is just HTML"

I wonder if kneekoo understands the word "shaming" used here more harsh than other people. They are having an electron up, which is portable by very nature, so "shame on you, Epic!" is nothing to harsh, I think.
kneekoo 25 April 2019 at 5:03 pm UTC
Purple Library GuyThe context is entities that act like dicks. When companies do it, I have no responsibility to give them the benefit of the doubt etc. With people, I do. But in your case, I'm running low on doubt. Really, how hard is this and why is it so incredibly important to you that when you badmouth me it shouldn't be allowed to count as badmouthing?
It seems to me you're operating a double standard; your own behaviour doesn't have to measure up to your admonishments. While lecturing on good conduct, you sneer at me, then talk down to me for pointing it out. Your own conduct doesn't become good just because your wording is glib.
When you make general statements, like how you speak ill of people and corporations, it helps if you put that in context, like you did just now, so people can't misunderstand that. That's why I clarified some of my original thoughts in later posts, and I asked you to do the same.

EikeI wonder if kneekoo understands the word "shaming" used here more harsh than other people. They are having an electron up, which is portable by very nature, so "shame on you, Epic!" is nothing to harsh, I think.
"Shame on you, Epic!" is quite literal and the context of that post was EPIC not making a Linux version of the client which would be easy considering they used Electron. But if they're not ready to support the games on Linux, then making the client available for Linux makes no sense even if it's technically possible. So there's no need to shame them on that business decision, because that's not an anti-consumer practice like exclusives.
scaine 6 years 25 April 2019 at 5:59 pm UTC
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scaineYour link isn't to a single comment - you can do that from the toolbar in the comment itself (one to the left of the "quote" button). You linked to a page of comments.

The link is to an actual comment, the one starting with "Well...<snip>

Huh, well that doesn't work for me. Kneekoo's link is:

https://www.gamingonlinux.com/articles/you-can-now-easily-run-the-epic-store-on-linux-with-lutris-epic-suggests-applying-for-a-grant.13964/page=2#r152746

But when I click on the "get link" button I get:
https://www.gamingonlinux.com/articles/you-can-now-easily-run-the-epic-store-on-linux-with-lutris-epic-suggests-applying-for-a-grant.13964/comment_id=152785

So, the reference is different, and the style is different.

And when I click on Kneekoo's link, I get taken to the top of the article, at page 2 of the comments.

No idea what's happening there.
Eike 25 April 2019 at 6:38 pm UTC
scaineAnd when I click on Kneekoo's link, I get taken to the top of the article, at page 2 of the comments.

No idea what's happening there.

I sometimes get strange scrolling behaviour, probably due to quotes folding afterwards or something like this. When you use his link, go to the URL box and press enter, maybe it will resolve properly?
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