One of the Steam Deck’s biggest hurdles just disappeared: EAC has come to Linux

Valve had promised to work with anti-cheat software manufacturers EAC and BattlEye in order to ensure that some of the most popular games run on its Steam Deck Linux-based gaming device. Epic Games today announced that EAC's Easy Anti-Cheat (EAC), now supports Linux as well as Mac. It was specifically designed to work with the Wine compatibility layers and Proton compatibility layers, which Valves depend on to bring Windows-based games to the Deck.
Although developers will still need to fix their games, this means that some of the most downloaded games on Steam are theoretically now within reach. This includes Apex Legends and Dead by Daylight, which are all among Steam's top 25 games. Other popular EAC games are 7 Days to Die and Fall Guys, Black Desert. Hunt: Showdown, Paladins and the Halo Master Chief Collection.

Until other anti-cheat providers sign up, some key games will remain missing. Rainbow Six Siege, Destiny 2 and PUBG are all among the top 25 and all use the BattlEye anticheat software. Epics Fortnite is also available, but Epic has not yet made Fortnite and the Epic Games Store available for Linux desktops. Epic did not immediately respond to our request for comment.

Epic suggests that developers should be able to patch EAC games easily: With the latest SDK, developers can activate anticheat support Linux via Wine and Proton in just a few clicks through the Epic Online Services Developer Portal. Epic writes.

ProtonDBs list containing the most popular games that work via compatibility layer can be found here. You also have current lists of games using EAC or BattlEye links at the end of this sentence.

Epic launched EAC earlier in the year as a free service.