BattlEye anti-cheat confirms Steam Deck support

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Epic Games announced yesterday that Easy Anti-Cheat now 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 any game that uses Easy Anti-Cheat, like Apex Legends, Day by Daylight, and Halo, should run fine on the Steam deck at launch.

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not to be outdone, BATTLEYE announced today that it will also run on Steam Deck Software out of the gate.

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“BattleEye has long provided native Linux and Mac support and we can announce that we will also support the upcoming Steam deck (Proton),” BattleEye tweeted. “This will be done on an opt-in basis with the game developers to choose whether they want to allow it or not.”

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it’s important. As we explained in August, the anti-cheat software for many online games is conflicting with Proton, and if Anti-Cheat doesn’t run then neither game will depend on it. BattleEye compatibility opens the door to several very popular online games on the Steam deck, including Ark: Survival Evolved, Arma 3, Destiny 2, Fortnite, PUBG, Rainbow Six Siege, and Survarium.

I’m not entirely clear what “being done on an opt-in basis” means- I mean, I know what an “opt-in basis” means, I don’t understand how a developer Why wouldn’t your game want to support BattleEye and thus not play on the Steam deck. I have emailed Battleeye for clarification.

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