There’s no denying the fact that Linux gaming has improved to a great extent over the past few years. This was made possible through the Proton compatibility layer, which translates Windows DirectX to Vulkan. As of today, over 16,000 games can be played on Linux.
But one of the areas where Linux gaming takes a hit is when running games with anti-cheat mechanisms. Today, that changes, thanks to Epic games bringing Easy Anti-cheat support to Proton and Wine on Linux. Here’s everything you need to know about the same.
Easy Anti-Cheat Support for Linux
The official release post for Linux and macOS reads, “Earlier this year, Easy Anti-Cheat for Windows games is available to all developers, for free. Today, we extend support to Linux and Mac for developers who maintain complete native builds of their games for these platforms.
Support for the Wine and Proton compatibility layers on Linux is included to make it easier for developers to ship their games across PC platforms. With the latest SDK release, developers can activate anti-cheat support for Linux via Wine or Proton in the Epic Online Services Developer Portal with just a few clicks.
Easy Anti-Cheat is available for free through Epic Online Services on all PC platforms, helping all developers uphold a fair and safe gaming experience for players on the operating system of their choice.”
But remember that developers will need to implement and bring the feature, even though the SDK is available. Hence, it’s going to take a while. Nonetheless, we cannot deny that this is the most awaited improvement in the history of Linux gaming.
We strongly believe that Valve’s Steam Deck handheld console acted as the catalyst (since Valve said it’s working with developers of Easy Anti-cheat) for this improvement. This also means that other anti-cheat mechanisms like BattlEye will also be available very soon. We can’t wait to see what awaits us next in Linux gaming.