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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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kneekoo 21 April 2019 at 12:59 pm UTC
jasonmI 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...
I started being a sysadmin since the MS-DOS and Windows 3.x era and I can easily see how different it is to support different versions of Windows, let alone completely different OS families. From a business point of view, it makes perfect sense to focus on the huge market share first.

Maybe some people don't know or have forgotten that Valve was bad-mouthed in the Linux community before they worked on a Linux client. And, by far, they're not as good as GOG at keeping (old) games functional/supported on various Windows versions, the Linux Steam client still doesn't have Broadcast support after all these years, and their business practice is also far from ideal.

jasonmIt'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.
There's no excuse/defense in my earlier post. EPIC, Valve, GOG, all have shady anti-consumer practices - yes, even GOG. They all do it for money, it's just that some do it better for their customers, to a certain degree. But the EPIC store is new and even if they had solid plans to expand to Linux territory, I won't hold my breath until that happens - because I believe it will happen at some point.

Valve still has a lot of work to do, GOG hasn't even hinted at a soon-to-be GOG Galaxy for Linux, and their Windows version only came out of beta 2 years ago. It's only logical to see how things move slowly for others as well, so it makes no sense to bash EPIC this early for a business choice. It makes people look like haters, which is why I kindly reminded everyone that we should try to be better than that. Because making ourselves look hostile is not a good idea for a business that would naturally expect hostility in their customer support departments, and bad reviews for even the slightest mistakes. Would you want that for your business?

jasonmThey 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.
Every business wants our money - it's the purpose of their existence, so never expect any company *not* to want as much of your money as possible. That's how capitalism works: profit first. Even the Polish GOG did their financials in a tax haven (Cyprus) for years, and only decided to fully move their business to Poland after Cyprus lost its tax haven status. So yeah, businesses can look weird and shady in various ways.

And long before Microsoft acclaimed its public love for Linux, it still tried to enforce its Universal Windows Platform (over win32) onto software developers and that made both Gabe Newell (Valve) and Tim Sweeney (EPIC) to voice their concerns about it. The fact that Valve made the leap to Linux before EPIC makes sense - Valve had a horde of games on sale in their store, so they wanted to give Microsoft a solid reason not to mess up. But just in case Microsoft messed up, at least Linux would be a better world to grow in, compared to the other money-hungry business behind macOS. Valve choosing Linux was a better decision because PCs are by far more popular than macs, and with Linux they had access to the source and do whatever they needed with it, no NDAs and profit shares required by Apple, had they chose macOS. And as bonuses, they would get to become trend setters for others and gain popularity in a userbase minority that hadn't been tapped into (financially) seriously by other companies.

jasonmOf 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.
The fact that they supported Lutris not even 6 months after the release of the EPIC store is rather an indicator that they're interested about the Linux market. Clearly they're not ready to commit to it, and there are a lot of reasons, like getting enough experienced people to take care of the development and support of all Linux-related software. Because you don't want your Linux customers to feel treated differently compared to Windows customers, right? And you can't make that happen with Windows-people, so it will be a process for EPIC to jump into new territories. Because doing Unreal Engine 4 for Linux is one thing, and addressing customer support issues for a host of games on Linux is another.

jasonmI'm sorry, but until Epic becomes a company I can respect, I will not have any need for anything from them, even free titles.
Surely that's your choice, but if they expand to Linux you will probably regret not adding the free games to your library. As for respect, I think you're turning a blind eye at everything wrong with Steam and probably GOG, because both of them have shady/anti-customer practices and they got a lot of (fair) criticism for it. That doesn't mean I won't continue buying games from them if I like their offer. I don't have to like them to do business with them. I just don't have to dislike them to an extent that makes me avoid them.

jasonmThe 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.
I don't put faith in businesses. I look at them pragmatically, and try to get the best from them, just as they want from us. It's only fair.
kneekoo 21 April 2019 at 1:03 pm UTC
Purple Library GuyI see no reason to consider squat. [...] 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.
I see no point in wasting energy by speaking ill on any manufacturer who doesn't make the car that I need. I just go to the ones who make it and pick what's best for me. After all, if I keep shouting at those who don't make what I need, does it make any sense to expect them to starting making what I want? Do you get pleasure from people speaking ill of you and start doing what they want, as a result?

Purple Library GuyAnd further, corporations are legal entities established for the express and, these days, sole purpose of extracting money from the public. [...] 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.
Not 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, but my point is that that's both unnecessary and not constructive. I share your distrust in corporations, but that doesn't make me any less objective when it comes to what's good for me. If I can fairly use them to my benefit, I will do so. If not, I'll focus on those who can provide me with what I need. I'm grown-up enough to know that not every company or corporation will do what I need.
Purple Library Guy 22 April 2019 at 4:15 am UTC
kneekoo
Purple Library GuyI see no reason to consider squat. [...] 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.
I see no point in wasting energy by speaking ill on any manufacturer who doesn't make the car that I need. I just go to the ones who make it and pick what's best for me. After all, if I keep shouting at those who don't make what I need, does it make any sense to expect them to starting making what I want? Do you get pleasure from people speaking ill of you and start doing what they want, as a result?

Purple Library GuyAnd further, corporations are legal entities established for the express and, these days, sole purpose of extracting money from the public. [...] 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.
Not 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, but my point is that that's both unnecessary and not constructive. I share your distrust in corporations, but that doesn't make me any less objective when it comes to what's good for me. If I can fairly use them to my benefit, I will do so. If not, I'll focus on those who can provide me with what I need. I'm grown-up enough to know that not every company or corporation will do what I need.
You're making an unwarranted assumption: That words have no effect. Ask the multi-billion dollar advertising industry about how true that is. I can't reach millions of people, like a super-bowl ad, but clearly at least one person has read something I said (ie you, 'cause you replied to me) and some may even have found it persuasive ('cause I got a couple of likes). So if there is a corporation, and it does things I dislike, so I speak ill of it, and some people agree with me and refrain from doing business with it, that was not pointless. The extreme case is the boycott, but negative buzz has hurt plenty of companies in the past. So you're quite wrong, it's not pointless at all.
True, it's not nice to the corporation--but as I've pointed out, corporations are not things in a category that it's morally relevant whether I'm nice to 'em. Complaining I'm not nice to a corporation is like complaining I'm not nice to a rock, except corporations are generally more destructive than rocks.

As to responsibilities with respect to normal persons--see, you're an actual person, not a corporation. And you're not as far as I know speaking as an officer of one, but rather for yourself. So when talking to you, I'm engaging your arguments--I haven't spoken ill of you, said anything bad about your motives et cetera. That would be nasty; it's always possible that you have bad motivations, but I have no particular evidence of it being so, and even given some I would give some benefit of doubt if the evidence wasn't good. I explain this because despite getting on the high moral horse, you don't seem to be doing that, you are instead getting personal and I don't appreciate it. So no, I don't forgive your sarcasm and would appreciate an apology for it, especially since your sarcasm seems to be the result of working hard to negatively misconstrue what I was saying.
Cybolic 22 April 2019 at 7:27 am UTC
This is just too long to comment on everything, but:
kneekooMaybe some people don't know or have forgotten that Valve was bad-mouthed in the Linux community before they worked on a Linux client.
I've been running Linux as my main OS since 2000 and I don't remember Valve ever being bad-mouthed in the Linux community. Sure, people wanted their games on Linux before they arrived, but "bad-mouthing"? Don't remember any of that; not that it's really relevant as the complaints against Epic are on a generic business level and aren't Linux related.

kneekoo[...] It's only logical to see how things move slowly for others as well, so it makes no sense to bash EPIC this early for a business choice. [...]
I don't see anyone's bashing Epic for "a" business decision or is targeting their lack of Linux support, but looking at the company's practices in general, there's certainly enough to criticize - just like a large part of the general, non-Linux gaming community is already doing.

kneekoo
jasonmThey 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.
Every business wants our money - it's the purpose of their existence, so never expect any company *not* to want as much of your money as possible. [...]
Sure, but there's a difference between wanting money and actively acting against the consumer.

kneekoo
jasonmOf 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.
The fact that they supported Lutris not even 6 months after the release of the EPIC store is rather an indicator that they're interested about the Linux market.
They aren't. Lutris added support for them, not the other way around.
ison111 22 April 2019 at 10:54 pm UTC
I gotta say that I give Valve more benefit of the doubt because the origins of the steam store never seemed dubious to me. And even amidst Valve pushing their business model they didn't seem to abandon their previous fanbase.

This might sound silly to most people, but I actually spent years with my head under a rock just happily using Steam on a daily basis and never realizing how big it got.
And THAT speaks volumes about how Valve handles itself, doesn't it? I never realized how big they got because I never felt their newer business models creeping in on their older territory. I didn't have to re-buy non-steam games, I could just "activate" them in the steam store. I never felt pressured from Valve to change what I was doing. They continued to support their old games, and they continued (for a while) to push out some new games targeted at their original fanbase which were pretty true to the original games for the most part.
Their games also seem to be genuinely made for the sake of being fun, as opposed to a lot of modern games coming out today that just feel like a cash grab.

Epic, on the other hand, seems to be doing it the other way. They're showing all the signs that they won't be giving a shit about their original fanbase from this point on, and they're showing a lot of red flags for not even caring about gamers in general. They made big bucks by catering to the largest, dumbest, audience to play it safe.

To me that's a sign of developers who care more about charts and statistics than about me. And this goes beyond just GNU/Linux support. Even with Windows only support they're still just throwing up tons of red flags and I think everyone wants to just pretend those flags aren't there these days. We make excuses for companies like "they need money" but game development companies got on just fine for years before any of these shady business models existed in the first place (and they made better games too )


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orochi_kyo 22 April 2019 at 11:14 pm UTC
Wonder why Linux users would want to install spyware on their computers. I thought the almost no virus environment was the reason some users ditched Windows.
orochi_kyo 22 April 2019 at 11:36 pm UTC
kneekooMaybe some people don't know or have forgotten that Valve was bad-mouthed in the Linux community before they worked on a Linux client.

Any source of this, because I dont recall anyone on Valve saying "Linux is not good". Now not even Epic is being bad with Linux, they just dont care.

kneekooThere's no excuse/defense in my earlier post. EPIC, Valve, GOG, all have shady anti-consumer practices - yes, even GOG. They all do it for money...

Those people there steal, so I steal, those people there murder so I am a murder, these kind of arguments are just too old.

kneekooEvery business wants our money - it's the purpose of their existence.
Even in this era of radical capitalism, some companies respect the environment, some pay good money to their employees and left them go to home at 5:00PM, it seems that you rely on your "everyone else do it, so" argument, to justify how shitty Epic is.

kneekooI don't put faith in businesses. I look at them pragmatically, and try to get the best from them, just as they want from us. It's only fair.
Pragmatism is not a word that describes you. I dont know why you almost write a wall of text when you could only resume your reasoning in the old argument that "one just have to follow the trend, the status quo"
There are people who goes according the status(you) and others who try to change it with little things as not installing or buying games from companies like Epic. Maybe things will not change today, but it will change eventually, if companies are as shit as you say, I try my best to keep my participation at a minimum level. The worst thing I can do is installing another shitty launcher and store and the reason why Liam is trying to shove Epic through our throats beats me but Im not installing this and when Valve or Gog or anyone else does shitty things, I go to their social media and tell them directly, not wasting time playing the pragmatic guy who thinks everything is shit and nothing can be done about it.


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orochi_kyo 23 April 2019 at 12:40 am UTC
liamdaweHonestly, 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.

Im a Wine user too, but the way you present it is the source of all the problems in the world. "I take what I can where I can", yeah, we are always "picking up the crumbs from the master's table". Its true the majority wants mindlessly to play video games, but if everyone would be thinking like you, Wine should not exist today.

Wine developers doesnt just take things where they can, they create things. They just dont want to play and use things, they make things to work. What you have said is disrespectful to what you are supposed to defend.

And the fact your comment got 36 likes, well, I dont know what Im doing here. The reason I get from people who uses Windows is the same you are using, they want things to work. As a Linux users we should be straight with the fact we always have to do the extra mile. So you only wants things to work? Why the ... are you using Linux?
Purple Library Guy 23 April 2019 at 1:47 am UTC
orochi_kyo
kneekooMaybe some people don't know or have forgotten that Valve was bad-mouthed in the Linux community before they worked on a Linux client.

Any source of this, because I dont recall anyone on Valve saying "Linux is not good". Now not even Epic is being bad with Linux, they just dont care.
No, the other way around. kneekoo is saying we used to badmouth Valve back before they made a Linux client; the idea is to draw a parallel between how we treated Valve then and how we treat Epic now, and between Valve's conduct since and Epic's hypothetical future conduct. Except I agree with another person who replied to kneekoo--I don't actually remember us doing that. In any case, if we had it sure wouldn't be an argument to treat Epic nicely; clearly if we treated Valve badly back in the day, that worked pretty dashed well.
But there are few parallels between then and now (the only real one being that Linux market share still sucks). In every other way, things are vastly different, largely due to Valve itself. Understanding in gaming circles of how to port things to Linux is much more widespread, barriers to doing so are lower, code tends to be more portable, the idea of doing things in a cross-platform way is much more mainstream. It would be far easier, both conceptually and practically, for Epic to include Linux than it was for Valve back in the day. But Valve at some point decided that Linux, and to some extent the general concept of open platforms, was going to be part of its strategic vision. Epic does not seem to have made such a decision, but instead is going with a pretty closed concept, with all the baggage that tends to go with that. To my mind the exclusives, spying and so on are to some extent not just individual bad features but seem like the outputs of decisions made with a generally Microsoft-esque mind set. I don't like what I'm seeing from Epic.

orochi_kyothe reason why Liam is trying to shove Epic through our throats beats me
It's news. He's doing a Linux gaming news site.


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liamdaweHonestly, 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.

Im a Wine user too, but the way you present it is the source of all the problems in the world.
Exaggeration much? But Wine is commonly maligned by hard core Linux users and Liam's comment simply acknowledges that elitism, while rejecting it.

orochi_kyoAnd the fact your comment got 36 likes, well, I dont know what Im doing here. The reason I get from people who uses Windows is the same you are using, they want things to work. As a Linux users we should be straight with the fact we always have to do the extra mile. So you only wants things to work? Why the ... are you using Linux?
It's a news article that announces new functionality AND suggests that Lutris might be about to get a huge cash injection from Epic... what's not to like??

As for wanting things to work - Liam's comment suggested that the majority just want things to work. It describes me, to be honest, but only the in context that I've made my mind up about Microsoft and Apple. That leaves me with Linux. That's why I use Linux. Having made that decision... yes, I "just want things to work".

As I said earlier, though, I won't be touching anything to do with Epic. I'm not supporting bought exclusives, and anything
a Linux user does decide to buy on their half-assed store will count as a Windows sale. It's shitty for the consumer, it's shitty for Linux and I'm having nothing to do with it.
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