Epic Games makes Easy Anti Cheat available for Linux, paving the way for Steam Deck

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What you need to know

  • Epic Games has announced that its Easy Anti Cheat service is now available to use on Linux.
  • The popular anti-cheat software was previously exclusive to Windows, and also becomes available on Mac.
  • The Steam Deck is an obvious winner as Easy Anti Cheat will also work with WINE and Proton.

One of the big flies in the Steam Deck ointment has always been how anti-cheat software will be handled. The truth is that a lot of the popular Windows games that can't be played on Linux through Steam's Proton Compatibility layer, or through WINE, are because of anti-cheat software.

The first big step forward has just happened, though, right as game developers are starting to receive their Steam Deck dev kits. Epic Games, owner of Easy Anti Cheat, has announced that the software is now compatible with Linux, including WINE and Proton, as well as macOS. And all for the low price of free.

"To make it easy for developers to ship their games across PC platforms, support for the Wine and Proton compatibility layers on Linux is included. Starting with the latest SDK release, developers can activate anti-cheat support for Linux via Wine or Proton with just a few clicks in the Epic Online Services Developer Portal."

It isn't an automatic affair, there is still minimal work to be done by the developers. But if a few clicks are all it takes to provide anti-cheat and Linux/Steam Deck compatibility, there's not much of an excuse to ignore it. Epic did all the hard work.

So, what games use Easy Anti Cheat that you might be interested in? Plenty as it happens, you only have to glance at the partner page to see some big hitters. One of the most obvious from a Steam Deck perspective is Apex Legends, because it'll almost certainly run well on the Steam Deck hardware. Gears 5, New World, Fall Guys, Halo Master Chief Collection, the list is long and the possibility of playing some of these titles on the Steam Deck is mouthwatering.

Epic Games has been in the press a lot lately, but this time they're definitely deserving of a pat on the back.

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  • looks like the only thing epic did is ensure the software runs on wine/proton. this means that a native windows game will not be able to use this. so this doesn't encourage developers to port games to linux, it just ensures linux users can play windows games using wine/proton. while the end result for steam deck users might be the same, it doesn't help linux
  • You're obviously not familar with Proton then. A ton of Windows games already run like a dream on Linux because of Proton. What this now does is allow the developers to click a few boxes and their EAC-enabled game magically becomes available to play on Steam Deck. Valve does all the legwork with Proton. The reason Proton exists is to play Windows games on Linux. That's its entire purpose. Nobody really cares about "porting games to Linux". If it works, it works. The only people who care about native ports are fanboys.
  • This is clearly a win for Linux gamers and game publishers who want to make their games run on Linux and Steam Deck. However, I wouldn't expect MS to apply this to their own first-party games like those listed in the article: MS made those investments to bolster its userbase, not to help its competitors.
  • Not really. Microsoft already makes the games available on Steam, in what way is expanding the number of players who can play Microsoft games not bolstering its userbase. The Xbox division doesn't rely on Windows.
  • @GraniteStateColin That's one way to look at it. But, in terms of revenue generation from games and game studios - you want the games on as many platforms as possible. Higher number of players, higher the conversion rate of opportunities of sales resulting a overall increase in actual sales made. Applying this for ingame microtransactions is another complex topic lol.
  • Microsoft puts its 1st party games on other platforms already with anticheat lol you keep clanging on to the same stupid argument you were making before. You piped down since you found out ms is supporting the steam deck but still didn't let it fully go. Just accept it, dude. You were wrong and looked like an idiot.
  • Majority of gamers may probably shift to Linux OS instead of w11 if they get their favourite games.
  • Lol what world are some of you living in 🤣😂
  • That is unrealistic. Linux has its pros but the average PC user is even less tech savvy now than ever before. They can barely handle Windows as it is.
  • Yeah I like Linux but that ain't happening.