One of steam Deck’s biggest hurdles just disappeared: EAC has come to Linux. Valve has previously promised to ensure that some of its popular games will run on its upcoming steam deck Linux-based gaming handheld by working with anti-cheat software makers BattlEye and EAC.
One Of Steam Deck’s Biggest Hurdles Just Disappeared: EAC Has Come To Linux
Epic Games announced today that one of the companies is now on board and that its EAC (easy anti-cheat) now supports Linux and Mac devices. The EAC is set up in a way that it will work with the proton and wine compatibility layers. And this is something that valve is relying on in order to bring Windows games back to the deck.
Developers however would still need to patch their games and this means that some of the most popular games on the platform (steam) are now within reach. Some of the games include apex legends, dead by daylight, and war thunder. All of these games are on the top 25 games list on steam. Other EAC popular games include black desert, paladins, hunt: showdown, halo master chief collections, 7 days to die, and fall guys.
Popular Games That Will Not Be Available
Some key games also will be missing from this update until or later other anti-cheat providers sign-on. Games like PUBG, rainbow six siege, and destiny 2 are all among the top 25 and will use the rival BattlEye anti-cheat software. Fortnite also will get in on the act, it’s just that epic has not yet brought the epic games store or Fortnite to Linux desktops. Epic however didn’t respond to a comment regarding the matter.
BattlEye CEO, Bastian Sutter in an email to the verge confirms that the software will be available and compatible with the steam deck. He said, “the first game might start using it soon.” But this is all dependent on the individual developers to enable support.
What Epic Had To Say
Epic reports that it will be easy for developers to patch their EAC games. In an official statement, epic writes “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.”
ProtonDB’s list of top games that do not work via the compatibility layer can be found right here