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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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tonR 19 April 2019 at 1:58 am UTC
IMO, I'm fine with Lutris choosed to received the grants. You know, if EG offers you FN money, take it! Or another greedy devs/pubs will suck it till dry and you'll got nothing but a poop.
But! Lutris MUST openly disclosed the TOC or any sort of agreements with EG in details for sake of good faith to their users.

And do it loudly on all major social medias! I hate it when any companies/organization/groups, if it's good PR-news, they'll announce loudly on many medias (social, press, Tv etc). But, when it's bad/shady PR-news, they put press statement which requires many clicks and/or download nearly 100 MB of PDF documents just to read it and wrote it with small fine prints which requires 200% zoom.

Personally, I won't use it if EG still continuing on timed exclusive deals and still not/refuse improving security and privacy to global decent levels.
Still, I applauded EG for at least showed they cared for Linux even do it's looks like 1/4 cooked meat with astroturf as spices, at least for them we're exists...
riiskyy 19 April 2019 at 5:18 am UTC
kneekooHow about we look at the Epic Games Store (EGS) like it's something new? How about acknowledging the need for a business to establish a new product first, and later evaluate expansion opportunities? How about considering the fact that opening the EGS client for Linux-based operating systems also means dealing with a different set of other customer support issues?

My point is that whatever their plans are, it makes perfect sense for them to be cautious with a market that they're new to. It's only logical to take smaller steps and see where it leads, while making sure what is built can sustain itself, because no one wants to burn money just because they have a lot of it.

As a Linux user for nearly 2 decades now, I also want more software available on my distros of choice - or at least the most popular ones. But we know a long list of reasons why Windows still has a large market share and how that impacts the decisions of other software makers. So why not leave them to do whatever they have planned and see where everything goes, without any kind of drama? We can still criticize the exclusive games, in a civilized/mature manner, without throwing them under a bus for not supporting Linux early on.

Aren't we supposed to be "smarter" than the average PC user because we're aware of, care for and uphold privacy and software freedom? Let's also try to be better people, not just more informed. I'm tired of all the drama we see all over the internet. Let's make our community a better one, for fun's sake.

1000x this. Everyone here is like "oooh epic bad", "exclusives bad". Steam has exclusives, origin has exclusives, battle.net has exclusives, uplay has exclusives. I don't like exclusives either but this is the world that we live in right now.

Everyone is ragging on Epic because it's the new cool thing to do, not thinking of all the money Epic are getting to Devs by taking less of a cut than Steam. It's Epic taking a financial hit here, I'm sure they could have entered the market taking a teeny bit less % than Steam. But they've come in waaayy below steam. And you know what that means right? More money spent of making a good, fun game.

Don't get me wrong I love steam and all the work they have done in getting Linux gaming to the place it is now. But everyone here seems to think that competition to steams store model is a bad thing which it is not.

I also saw comments on here saying that Epic was trying to pay off Lutris with a less than working wage for getting the epic store working on Linux with the grant. I'm sorry but whoever you are that thinks this, you are an idiot.
Nevertheless 19 April 2019 at 9:05 am UTC
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kneekooHow about we look at the Epic Games Store (EGS) like it's something new? How about acknowledging the need for a business to establish a new product first, and later evaluate expansion opportunities? How about considering the fact that opening the EGS client for Linux-based operating systems also means dealing with a different set of other customer support issues?

My point is that whatever their plans are, it makes perfect sense for them to be cautious with a market that they're new to. It's only logical to take smaller steps and see where it leads, while making sure what is built can sustain itself, because no one wants to burn money just because they have a lot of it.

As a Linux user for nearly 2 decades now, I also want more software available on my distros of choice - or at least the most popular ones. But we know a long list of reasons why Windows still has a large market share and how that impacts the decisions of other software makers. So why not leave them to do whatever they have planned and see where everything goes, without any kind of drama? We can still criticize the exclusive games, in a civilized/mature manner, without throwing them under a bus for not supporting Linux early on.

Aren't we supposed to be "smarter" than the average PC user because we're aware of, care for and uphold privacy and software freedom? Let's also try to be better people, not just more informed. I'm tired of all the drama we see all over the internet. Let's make our community a better one, for fun's sake.

1000x this. Everyone here is like "oooh epic bad", "exclusives bad". Steam has exclusives, origin has exclusives, battle.net has exclusives, uplay has exclusives. I don't like exclusives either but this is the world that we live in right now.

Everyone is ragging on Epic because it's the new cool thing to do, not thinking of all the money Epic are getting to Devs by taking less of a cut than Steam. It's Epic taking a financial hit here, I'm sure they could have entered the market taking a teeny bit less % than Steam. But they've come in waaayy below steam. And you know what that means right? More money spent of making a good, fun game.

Don't get me wrong I love steam and all the work they have done in getting Linux gaming to the place it is now. But everyone here seems to think that competition to steams store model is a bad thing which it is not.

I also saw comments on here saying that Epic was trying to pay off Lutris with a less than working wage for getting the epic store working on Linux with the grant. I'm sorry but whoever you are that thinks this, you are an idiot.

Again, Epic can only take 18%, because they sell user data. I simply don't understand why consumers (I hate the word) use the 18% as an argument for EGS, when they do not profit from it at all. On the contrary, prices for exclusive deals (and no, Steam has no exclusive deals other than their own games) will create high prices, and your data (what you play, how long and when you play, what you do when you play) will be their data mining product on top of that! The 18% are the reason why Epic has to sell your data, where it will not only be used for commercial purposes, but will also feed deep learning machines figuring out how human crowds can be managed and exploited more easily.
Epic already don't take their customers more seriously than Google, Microsoft, Facebook, or their chinese counterparts.
I loved the idea of Linux support in the Epic store at first, but that was when I didn't know about everything else they would do.


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TimeFreeze 19 April 2019 at 9:10 am UTC
riiskyy
kneekooHow about we look at the Epic Games Store (EGS) like it's something new? How about acknowledging the need for a business to establish a new product first, and later evaluate expansion opportunities? How about considering the fact that opening the EGS client for Linux-based operating systems also means dealing with a different set of other customer support issues?

My point is that whatever their plans are, it makes perfect sense for them to be cautious with a market that they're new to. It's only logical to take smaller steps and see where it leads, while making sure what is built can sustain itself, because no one wants to burn money just because they have a lot of it.

As a Linux user for nearly 2 decades now, I also want more software available on my distros of choice - or at least the most popular ones. But we know a long list of reasons why Windows still has a large market share and how that impacts the decisions of other software makers. So why not leave them to do whatever they have planned and see where everything goes, without any kind of drama? We can still criticize the exclusive games, in a civilized/mature manner, without throwing them under a bus for not supporting Linux early on.

Aren't we supposed to be "smarter" than the average PC user because we're aware of, care for and uphold privacy and software freedom? Let's also try to be better people, not just more informed. I'm tired of all the drama we see all over the internet. Let's make our community a better one, for fun's sake.

1000x this. Everyone here is like "oooh epic bad", "exclusives bad". Steam has exclusives, origin has exclusives, battle.net has exclusives, uplay has exclusives. I don't like exclusives either but this is the world that we live in right now.

Everyone is ragging on Epic because it's the new cool thing to do, not thinking of all the money Epic are getting to Devs by taking less of a cut than Steam. It's Epic taking a financial hit here, I'm sure they could have entered the market taking a teeny bit less % than Steam. But they've come in waaayy below steam. And you know what that means right? More money spent of making a good, fun game.

Don't get me wrong I love steam and all the work they have done in getting Linux gaming to the place it is now. But everyone here seems to think that competition to steams store model is a bad thing which it is not.

I also saw comments on here saying that Epic was trying to pay off Lutris with a less than working wage for getting the epic store working on Linux with the grant. I'm sorry but whoever you are that thinks this, you are an idiot.

You know they are angry because Epic buys Exclusives which are not their Games. Not Steam,Origin or Others are buying for Exclusives. Only their OWN Games are Exclusives. Like Half-Life, Battlefield and so on. Nothing wrong with Epics own Games beeing Exclusive but buying Third Party Games is a big No. Also :

-It has terrible security. People get hacked all the time.

-Awful customer service.

-Games are more expensive due to Epics regional pricing.

-Epic makes you pay a transaction fee before purchasing a game.

-You cant play games offline.

-No social features like chat.

-No controller support.

-There is no achievements.

-No cloud saves

-No game formus

-They pay for exclusive rights to force you to use their store which isnt good for consumers.

-They refuse refunds even if you meet criteria.

-No user reviews

-No linux support.

-They are partially owned by Tencent (a company that sells user data to the Chinese government)
Finalizer 19 April 2019 at 9:58 am UTC
I think that EG have a lot of work to do if they want to get a good market share when it comes to gaming. A couple exclusive games won't do a change. I think Valve is safe and Linux gaming will keep gaining momentum. Still group behind lutris does a great job bringing Epic Games store to Linux. Personally I wont't be using it -yet.Many things must happen (like a nuke strike into Valve's headquarters for example) before I change my ways. So I keep my eyes open for different options...
vlademir1 19 April 2019 at 10:45 am UTC
Their store doesn't even have a bloody shopping cart, something considered generally integral to all online transaction design in the modern world and thereby a day one requisite feature for an online storefront, and their own roadmap targets that as six months or more out with a store page redesign as a near term project (three months or less) taking the priority. To me, that whole roadmap screams "we're still in alpha here" (as they haven't finished implementing all the basics most people expect of a modern online storefront yet) and they are *already* negotiating exclusives out from under other stores. I personally wouldn't want them trying to support Linux themselves at this point when they haven't even figured out how to handle UX for a store yet let alone becoming a true competitor to any of the existing storefronts.
In short, I find their business priorities suspect when they're more focused on growing their customer base than presenting an experience their existing base wants to repeat (the lifeblood of this type of business).
gradyvuckovic 19 April 2019 at 12:42 pm UTC
Epic Game Store: "Love early access games?"

"no.."

Epic Game Store: "Then you'll love the first early access store!"

"no thanks.."

Epic Game Store: "Too bad, that game you were going to buy is now exclusively on our store!"

"please stop"

Epic Game Store: "We're here to save the PC gaming market from Valve and Steam who were wrecking it!"

Ugh..
jasonm 19 April 2019 at 1:18 pm UTC
kneekooHow about we look at the Epic Games Store (EGS) like it's something new? How about acknowledging the need for a business to establish a new product first, and later evaluate expansion opportunities? How about considering the fact that opening the EGS client for Linux-based operating systems also means dealing with a different set of other customer support issues?

My point is that whatever their plans are, it makes perfect sense for them to be cautious with a market that they're new to. It's only logical to take smaller steps and see where it leads, while making sure what is built can sustain itself, because no one wants to burn money just because they have a lot of it.

As a Linux user for nearly 2 decades now, I also want more software available on my distros of choice - or at least the most popular ones. But we know a long list of reasons why Windows still has a large market share and how that impacts the decisions of other software makers. So why not leave them to do whatever they have planned and see where everything goes, without any kind of drama? We can still criticize the exclusive games, in a civilized/mature manner, without throwing them under a bus for not supporting Linux early on.

Aren't we supposed to be "smarter" than the average PC user because we're aware of, care for and uphold privacy and software freedom? Let's also try to be better people, not just more informed. I'm tired of all the drama we see all over the internet. Let's make our community a better one, for fun's sake.

Well, Epic has had some time to get their Unreal Engine working great with Linux, and support is still nominal if that. Every developer that's open about it talks about what all they have to do to it in order to make Linux titles run. The comments by Epics CEO on Twitter shows me that he thinks we are small and worthless and more of a pain than an asset for TRUE support. I don't mind a company for not supporting my small platform because of a business decision because we're not yet profitable, but up until now that really hasn't been seen. Now that Epic sees Valve has paid out to Codeweavers and done a great deal of work with Proton/Wine, now they can jump on that bandwagon for a few thousand dollar grant and take some of those customers too. It's shady, and if you've been a Linux user for two decades like you've said, I would feel you would be putting your money and support toward the company that is pushing your OS's support instead of one of the companies that are simply trying to skim money off the top.

I've used Linux full time since 1995, so when I saw what Valve was doing I have put my faith in them and I will support them till the end, and they've done nothing but please me. They may be doing it for money but they are doing it right by releasing all their projects code into the open source and funding open source companies to make their products better. It's sad to see someone defending Epic on a Linux based website when overall, Epic and Linux's relationship is only being held together with a string. Hell, the only reason Epic even made the Unreal Engine's Linux support better at all was Valve. They are trying to be shady and take as much money as possible and they don't care about you and I because we are too small. Of course, let Valve do the heavy lifting and tossing the Lutris guys a few thousand bucks to pick up on all of Valve's work sounds appealing to them. That turns into dollar bills for games that they then can send you notice saying your product isn't on a supported platform when you have a problem. I'm sorry, but until Epic becomes a company I can respect, I will not have any need for anything from them, even free titles. I would rather pay steam for a title at full price than to get a free game on the Epic store right now. The Epic store is a mirage. It looks all shiny and new but if you put your faith in it you're probably going to die of dehydration.


Last edited by jasonm at 20 April 2019 at 12:04 am UTC
jasonm 19 April 2019 at 1:20 pm UTC
riiskyy
kneekooHow about we look at the Epic Games Store (EGS) like it's something new? How about acknowledging the need for a business to establish a new product first, and later evaluate expansion opportunities? How about considering the fact that opening the EGS client for Linux-based operating systems also means dealing with a different set of other customer support issues?

My point is that whatever their plans are, it makes perfect sense for them to be cautious with a market that they're new to. It's only logical to take smaller steps and see where it leads, while making sure what is built can sustain itself, because no one wants to burn money just because they have a lot of it.

As a Linux user for nearly 2 decades now, I also want more software available on my distros of choice - or at least the most popular ones. But we know a long list of reasons why Windows still has a large market share and how that impacts the decisions of other software makers. So why not leave them to do whatever they have planned and see where everything goes, without any kind of drama? We can still criticize the exclusive games, in a civilized/mature manner, without throwing them under a bus for not supporting Linux early on.

Aren't we supposed to be "smarter" than the average PC user because we're aware of, care for and uphold privacy and software freedom? Let's also try to be better people, not just more informed. I'm tired of all the drama we see all over the internet. Let's make our community a better one, for fun's sake.

1000x this. Everyone here is like "oooh epic bad", "exclusives bad". Steam has exclusives, origin has exclusives, battle.net has exclusives, uplay has exclusives. I don't like exclusives either but this is the world that we live in right now.

Everyone is ragging on Epic because it's the new cool thing to do, not thinking of all the money Epic are getting to Devs by taking less of a cut than Steam. It's Epic taking a financial hit here, I'm sure they could have entered the market taking a teeny bit less % than Steam. But they've come in waaayy below steam. And you know what that means right? More money spent of making a good, fun game.

Don't get me wrong I love steam and all the work they have done in getting Linux gaming to the place it is now. But everyone here seems to think that competition to steams store model is a bad thing which it is not.

I also saw comments on here saying that Epic was trying to pay off Lutris with a less than working wage for getting the epic store working on Linux with the grant. I'm sorry but whoever you are that thinks this, you are an idiot.


Steam doesn't have exclusives to my knowledge. If they do it's not "paid" exclusives in order to lock in a store. Valve thankfully doesn't play that stupid game like Epic and other stores. Another reason I'm a 100% Valve fanboi...


Last edited by jasonm at 19 April 2019 at 1:22 pm UTC
Purple Library Guy 20 April 2019 at 12:45 am UTC
kneekooHow about we look at the Epic Games Store (EGS) like it's something new? How about acknowledging the need for a business to establish a new product first, and later evaluate expansion opportunities? How about considering the fact that opening the EGS client for Linux-based operating systems also means dealing with a different set of other customer support issues?
I see no reason to consider squat. I'm not a charity. If I were, megacorporations with slush funds of literal billions of dollars would not be what I gave charity to. Let's be clear on the relationship here: They are supposed to be offering things which consumers want enough to give them money for. The consumers then give them money to get what they want. Well guess what? As a consumer, I'm a Linux user. If they consider it too difficult or expensive to cater to my wants, needs or interests that's understandable but not a reason for me to give them money or even hesitate to speak ill of them.

And further, corporations are legal entities established for the express and, these days, sole purpose of extracting money from the public. They have no emotions or consciences or ethics. And their executives are basically sworn to take that same viewpoint. I 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.
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