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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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Liam Dawe 23 April 2019 at 9:47 am UTC
orochi_kyoIm 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.
Oh give it up, this is completely idiotic. That is not how I presented it, at all. Wine exists for many reasons, partly because people want things to work, on Linux.

orochi_kyoWhat you have said is disrespectful to what you are supposed to defend.
Hahahahaha...what?

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?
Ah yes, I want things to work so I shouldn't be using Linux.
Nevertheless 23 April 2019 at 12:34 pm UTC
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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.


In democracies a majority decides for all (pro voters, opposed voters and those who don't care). Those who don't care, or even don't know about the question, don't vote.
A problem of the market place is that people aren't primarily asked what they think, but what they want to have (plus or minus what they think). Still the majority decides for all, but this time people who don't care, or don't know about, vote pro, especially when there is no other market place offering the item they want to have.
Giving money to the (fine) Lutris people means supporting Linux users who like Epic, who don't care or don't know about possible cons of Epic to support the Epic shop.


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Comandante Ñoñardo 23 April 2019 at 1:16 pm UTC
Now, the important: Can I play METRO EXODUS "Out of the box" on Linux via Lutris?
scaine 23 April 2019 at 1:23 pm UTC
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Comandante ÑoñardoNow, the important: Can I play METRO EXODUS "Out of the box" on Linux via Lutris?

Pretty sure it's gold rated, so if you don't mind being counted as a Windows sale and you don't mind Epic reaping your details, I think the answer is probably "yes".

But actually, checking the reports out, it seems that the answer is actually "no": https://www.protondb.com/app/412020

I wonder what Proton has done differently from Lutris in this case?
mirv 23 April 2019 at 2:46 pm UTC
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Comandante ÑoñardoNow, the important: Can I play METRO EXODUS "Out of the box" on Linux via Lutris?

Pretty sure it's gold rated, so if you don't mind being counted as a Windows sale and you don't mind Epic reaping your details, I think the answer is probably "yes".

But actually, checking the reports out, it seems that the answer is actually "no": https://www.protondb.com/app/412020

I wonder what Proton has done differently from Lutris in this case?

Without looking into details at all, my guess is that custom patch sets, or differing base versions of wine can explain why a game might work on Lutris, but not with "Proton". This is something that Lutris has over Steam in my opinion, but the flip side is that Valve probably offer refunds on white-listed games that don't work for you.
jasonm 23 April 2019 at 3:12 pm UTC
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Comandante ÑoñardoNow, the important: Can I play METRO EXODUS "Out of the box" on Linux via Lutris?

Pretty sure it's gold rated, so if you don't mind being counted as a Windows sale and you don't mind Epic reaping your details, I think the answer is probably "yes".

But actually, checking the reports out, it seems that the answer is actually "no": https://www.protondb.com/app/412020

I wonder what Proton has done differently from Lutris in this case?

Without looking into details at all, my guess is that custom patch sets, or differing base versions of wine can explain why a game might work on Lutris, but not with "Proton". This is something that Lutris has over Steam in my opinion, but the flip side is that Valve probably offer refunds on white-listed games that don't work for you.

Valve offers refunds regardsless of the reason. White-listing has nothing to do with it.
mirv 23 April 2019 at 3:20 pm UTC
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Comandante ÑoñardoNow, the important: Can I play METRO EXODUS "Out of the box" on Linux via Lutris?

Pretty sure it's gold rated, so if you don't mind being counted as a Windows sale and you don't mind Epic reaping your details, I think the answer is probably "yes".

But actually, checking the reports out, it seems that the answer is actually "no": https://www.protondb.com/app/412020

I wonder what Proton has done differently from Lutris in this case?

Without looking into details at all, my guess is that custom patch sets, or differing base versions of wine can explain why a game might work on Lutris, but not with "Proton". This is something that Lutris has over Steam in my opinion, but the flip side is that Valve probably offer refunds on white-listed games that don't work for you.

Valve offers refunds regardsless of the reason. White-listing has nothing to do with it.

They might be nice in most cases, but they're under no obligation to offer a refund for a Windows-only game that is not supported to run under GNU/Linux in any shape or form, if the purchaser is wanting the refund because it's not running under GNU/Linux.
jasonm 23 April 2019 at 3:21 pm UTC
Nope...

"Where Refunds Apply
The Steam refund offer, within two weeks of purchase and with less than two hours of playtime, applies to games and software applications on the Steam store. Here is an overview of how refunds work with other types of purchases."

Source: https://store.steampowered.com/steam_refunds/
Eike 23 April 2019 at 3:31 pm UTC
jasonmSource: https://store.steampowered.com/steam_refunds/

First phrase, emphasis mine:
"You can request a refund for nearly any purchase on Steam—for any reason."
mirv 23 April 2019 at 3:31 pm UTC
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jasonmNope...

"Where Refunds Apply
The Steam refund offer, within two weeks of purchase and with less than two hours of playtime, applies to games and software applications on the Steam store. Here is an overview of how refunds work with other types of purchases."

Source: https://store.steampowered.com/steam_refunds/

Sure, good luck with 2 hours and 2 seconds in that case. That's coming from EU regulations originally, designed to allow return of goods that haven't been used (something difficult to classify with digital goods). Or what about a game that fails and is unable to be played from some point onwards? Yes, for a supported system, you have a right to a refund (it was not sold as advertised).

Oh, and Valve can still within that limited time say you're abusing the system and stop offering refunds. I can't go buying 100 random windows-only games and then ask for a refund on all of them. So there are conditions that apply.
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