Epic Games announced yesterday that Easy Anti-Cheat has native support for Linux and MacOS and also works with Wine and Proton, the compatibility layers used to run Windows programs on Linux. The practical effect is that games that use Easy Anti-Cheat, such as Apex Legends, Day by Daylight, and Halo, should run fine on the Steam deck at startup.
BattlEye today announced that it’s ready to run with SteamDeck software.
BattlEye has long provided native support for Linux and Mac, but we can announce that it will also support Steam Deck (Proton) in the future. This is done on an opt-in basis, and game developers choose whether to allow it.
— BattlEye (@TheBattlEye) September 24, 2021
“BattlEye has been providing native support for Linux and Mac for a long time, and we can announce that we will also support future Steam decks (Proton),” BattlEye tweeted. “This is done on an opt-in basis, and game developers choose whether to allow it.”
This is important. As explained in August, many online game anti-cheat software is wrestling with Proton, and if anti-cheat isn’t run, games that depend on it won’t run either. Compatibility with BattlEye opens the door to many of the most popular online games on Steam decks, including Ark: Survival Evolved, Arma 3, Destiny 2, Fortnite, PUBG, Rainbow Six Siege, and Survarium.
I’m not entirely sure what it means to be “opt-in-based.” In other words, we know what “opt-in base” means. I don’t understand why developers don’t want to support BattlEye in their games. Therefore, it will not run on Steam decks. I sent an email to Battle Eye for explanation.
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