Valve promised it might work with anti-cheat software program makers EAC and BattlEye to make sure a number of the hottest video games will run on its upcoming Steam Deck Linux-based gaming handheld, and a type of corporations is now formally on board — Epic Games announced today that its Simple Anti-Cheat (EAC) now helps Linux and Mac. Not solely that, it’s particularly set as much as work with the Proton and Wine compatibility layers that Valve’s counting on to convey Home windows video games to the Deck.
Whereas builders would nonetheless have to patch their video games, this instantly means a number of the hottest video games on Steam are actually theoretically inside attain, together with Apex Legends, Useless by Daylight and Conflict Thunder, that are all amongst the top 25 games on Steam. Different well-liked EAC video games embrace 7 Days to Die, Fall Guys, Black Desert, Hunt: Showdown, Paladins, and the Halo Grasp Chief Assortment.
Some key video games will nonetheless be lacking till or except different anti-cheat suppliers signal on, although: PUBG, Future 2, and Rainbow Six Siege are additionally among the many high 25, and all use the rival BattlEye anti-cheat software program. So does Epic’s personal Fortnite, for that matter, however Epic additionally hasn’t introduced Fortnite or the Epic Video games Retailer to Linux desktops. Epic didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark about that.
Epic does recommend it’s straightforward for builders to patch their EAC video games: “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,” writes Epic.
You could find ProtonDB’s record of the highest video games that do and don’t work by way of compatibility layer right here, in addition to present lists of video games that use EAC and BattlEye on the hyperlinks embedded on this sentence.
Epic made EAC a free service earlier this 12 months.