One of the biggest obstacles to Steam Deck is gone :EAC has entered Linux, and BattlEye has, too

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Valve has promised it will work with anti-cheat software makers EAC and BattlEye to ensure that some of the most popular Games will run on its upcoming Linux-based Steam Deck handheld Games, and one of those companies is now officially on board Epic Games announced today, Its Easy Anti-Cheat (EAC) now supports Linux and Mac. Not only that, it works specifically with the compatibility layer from Proton and Wine, the Windows gaming platform on which Valve relies.
While developers still need to tinker with their games, this means that some of Steam’s most popular titles are theoretically within reach, including Apex Legends, Dead By Daylight, and War Thunder, all of which are among the top 25 games on Steam. Other popular EAC games include 7 Days of Death, Fall Guy, Black Desert, Hunt: Showdown, Paladin, and Halo: Master Collection.
Some key games will still disappear until or unless other anti-cheat providers register, though :PUBG, Destiny 2 and Rainbow 6 Sieges are also in the top 25, and all use rival BattlEye anti-cheat software. Epic did the same with fortnite itself, but Epic didn’t bring Fortnite or the Epic Games Store to the Linux desktop either. Epic declined to comment to The Verge.
However, BattlEye will also be coming to Steam Deck: BattlEye CEO Bastian Suter tells The Verge that his company’s software will be compatible with Steam Deck, and that “The first games will probably start using it soon.” However, it will be up to individual developers to support it.
Epic says it’s easy for developers to patch their EAC games: “Starting with the latest SDK release, developers can activate anti-cheat support for Linux via Wine or Proton with just a few clicks on Epic Online Services Developer Portal. ” Let’s hope BattlEye is just as simple.
You can find a list of ProtonDB’s top games via the compatibility layer here, as well as a list of current games using EAC and BattlEye.
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