One of the main obstacles Linux Gaming faces are anticheats, which make it impossible for Open Source users to play many titles online (and in some cases also block single-player modes). Luckily, there has been an important advance in this area recently, since Epic Games has announced the support of Easy Anti-Cheat for Linux, Mac and Steam Deck (sic), covering, of course, the Wine and Proton compatibility layers (the second is nothing more than a re-implementation of the first).
Yes, as you are reading, Epic Games already gives official support for Easy Anti-Cheat for Linux and Wine, or at least that is how it has been announced on the company’s developer website . In recent years, the relationship between Epic Games and the Linux community has deteriorated considerably, mainly due to the fact that the corporation still does not give official support for its game store and the presence of the aforementioned Easy Anti-Cheat, which has made it impossible to Linux users play every title that has implemented it.
However, it is important to note that the addition of Easy Anti-Cheat support for Linux and / or Wine is not a magic bullet that takes effect immediately, but requires developers to apply the appropriate patches to their creations . Support can be enabled with the latest version of the anticheat SDK from the Epic Online Services Developer Portal.
Here the success of the Steam Deck (as long as SteamOS 3 is maintained as a system) can be decisive when it comes to pressuring the developers to include at least Easy Anti-Cheat support through Wine. In fact, some argue that the interest in Valve’s hybrid console is why Epic Games has made this move.
It cannot be denied that this is very good news for Linux Gaming , which may increase in the coming months, if the developers so wish, its catalog of games that have multiplayer mode and make use of Easy Anti-Cheat to avoid for users to cheat in games.
For the rest, it was time for Epic Games to take better care of its support for Linux , especially seeing that its CEO, Tim Sweeney, considers himself a staunch defender of open platforms. The truth is that it is curious that someone who considers himself a defender of the Open Platform does not support the only great desktop operating system that is open by design, because Windows and macOS are “open”, yes, but because the proprietary companies they open their hand.
Microsoft and Apple are the absolute owners of Windows and macOS, so they can shut down their operating systems whenever they want and users would only have the right to three things: shut up, swallow and assimilate.