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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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Cybolic 20 April 2019 at 2:03 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.

Yeah, no. I'm not willing to touch any store that's openly anti-consumer and proud of it, regardless of their stance on Linux and/or whether you think it's "smarter" or not (yes, I took the bait, but still I think it decidedly unwise to give money to a company doing their best to undermine open competition, consumer rights and have been caught stealing personal data, but hey, whatever floats your boat).

Regardless, well done Lutris team, I hope this brings free games to many penguins.
callcifer 20 April 2019 at 5:28 am UTC
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Wow, 6 whole pages of pure hatred in the comments. In the meantime, some of us are silently playing the excellent Satisfactory on Epic with zero issues (thanks Lutris team!).

Do I think Epic is being extremely aggressive with their store? Yes. Do I think there is any other realistic way of ending Steam's dominance? No. Do I think they should spend time officially supporting Linux? In the future, maybe. Right now they need to be laser-focused on Windows and that's fine by me.
gradyvuckovic 20 April 2019 at 5:47 am UTC
callciferDo I think Epic is being extremely aggressive with their store? Yes. Do I think there is any other realistic way of ending Steam's dominance? No.

Why would we *want* to end Steam's dominance? For a regular PC gamer that makes no sense but it makes doubly so no sense for a Linux gamer..


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Purple Library Guy 20 April 2019 at 6:53 am UTC
callciferWow, 6 whole pages of pure hatred in the comments.
Yeah, you could say stuff like that. Or you could go to the trouble of engaging any of the substantive points made on their merits.
Nevertheless 20 April 2019 at 7:17 am UTC
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callciferWow, 6 whole pages of pure hatred in the comments. In the meantime, some of us are silently playing the excellent Satisfactory on Epic with zero issues (thanks Lutris team!).

Do I think Epic is being extremely aggressive with their store? Yes. Do I think there is any other realistic way of ending Steam's dominance? No. Do I think they should spend time officially supporting Linux? In the future, maybe. Right now they need to be laser-focused on Windows and that's fine by me.

So arguments against Epic are "pure hatred"? No wonder you see Valve as some kind of oppressor!
mirv 20 April 2019 at 9:40 am UTC
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gradyvuckovic
callciferDo I think Epic is being extremely aggressive with their store? Yes. Do I think there is any other realistic way of ending Steam's dominance? No.

Why would we *want* to end Steam's dominance? For a regular PC gamer that makes no sense but it makes doubly so no sense for a Linux gamer..

Well Valve could use some competition, and I would say doubly so for GNU/Linux. Epic Store isn't the competition I had in mind, but while gaming is dominated by a single company and locking it with proprietary software, then that's not ideal.
No, Valve aren't doing bad things, but the situation is still not as many GNU/Linux users want.
Nevertheless 20 April 2019 at 10:26 am UTC
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gradyvuckovic
callciferDo I think Epic is being extremely aggressive with their store? Yes. Do I think there is any other realistic way of ending Steam's dominance? No.

Why would we *want* to end Steam's dominance? For a regular PC gamer that makes no sense but it makes doubly so no sense for a Linux gamer..

Well Valve could use some competition, and I would say doubly so for GNU/Linux. Epic Store isn't the competition I had in mind, but while gaming is dominated by a single company and locking it with proprietary software, then that's not ideal.
No, Valve aren't doing bad things, but the situation is still not as many GNU/Linux users want.

But don't their methods kill every hope for a better competition to arise somewhere, sometime?
mirv 20 April 2019 at 10:40 am UTC
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mirv
gradyvuckovic
callciferDo I think Epic is being extremely aggressive with their store? Yes. Do I think there is any other realistic way of ending Steam's dominance? No.

Why would we *want* to end Steam's dominance? For a regular PC gamer that makes no sense but it makes doubly so no sense for a Linux gamer..

Well Valve could use some competition, and I would say doubly so for GNU/Linux. Epic Store isn't the competition I had in mind, but while gaming is dominated by a single company and locking it with proprietary software, then that's not ideal.
No, Valve aren't doing bad things, but the situation is still not as many GNU/Linux users want.

But don't their methods kill every hope for a better competition to arise somewhere, sometime?

Wouldn't know about that. I just wanted to point out that proprietary dominance is not good in any form, regardless of how well behaved the controlling company is.
I don't like Epic.
I like Valve, for the most part. I just don't like them having the control of what games I play instead of me. The situation isn't good for end users.
Cybolic 20 April 2019 at 11:37 am UTC
mirv[...]
I like Valve, for the most part. I just don't like them having the control of what games I play instead of me. The situation isn't good for end users.

I don't quite follow. How does Valve control which games you play?
mirv 20 April 2019 at 12:14 pm UTC
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mirv[...]
I like Valve, for the most part. I just don't like them having the control of what games I play instead of me. The situation isn't good for end users.

I don't quite follow. How does Valve control which games you play?

Their (proprietary) client has control. And I've had a game removed from my hard drive because they deemed it shouldn't be there.
Uh....I'm derailing, the subject is Epic really. And lutris.
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