Valve promised it would work with anti-cheat software makers EAC and BattlEye to ensure some of the most popular games will run on its upcoming Steam Deck Linux-based gaming handheld, and one of those companies is now officially on board — Epic Games announced today that its Easy Anti-Cheat (EAC) now supports Linux and Mac. Not only that, it’s specifically set up to work with the Proton and Wine compatibility layers that Valve’s relying on to bring Windows games to the Deck.
BattlEye is coming to Linux, too.
I don’t know whether I should be happy or concerned about this.
More DRM and low level third party controls coming to Linux. That means we can have access to more proprietary software. We had a similar thing when HDMI / HDCP was supported and Netflix became available, but it also means we are opening up more of the control to essentially black box third party blobs.