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Easy Anti-Cheat anti-cheat system gets support for Wine and Proton

Epic Games officially announced this Thursday (23) that its Easy Anti-Cheat anti-cheating system now has support for the Linux platform, which also includes support for the Wine and Proton compatibility layers, which allow gamers to run Linux games that have a Windows-only version. This is probably one of the most anticipated announcements by Linux gamers since the Steam Deck was unveiled by Valve in July.

For those who aren't really into it, Easy Anti-Cheat (EAC) is one of the most popular anti-cheat solutions today, used by many Windows games including Apex Legends, Fortnite, Paladins, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands and Watch Dogs 2.

Linux and Wine/Proton support can be enabled with the latest version of the EAC SDK on the Epic Online Services Developer Portal. The anti-cheat system remains available free of charge through Epic Online Services for all PC platforms.

"Earlier this year, Easy Anti-Cheat for Windows games were made available free to all developers. Today, we've extended support for Linux," says Epic Games in its official announcement. "To make it easier for developers to distribute their games on PC platforms, support for the Wine and Proton compatibility layers on Linux is included. Starting with the latest SDK release, developers can enable anti-cheat support for Linux via Wine or Proton with just a few clicks on the Epic Online Services Developer Portal."

While it is already possible to run Windows games on Linux with a very acceptable performance using solutions like Steam Play/Proton, having this official Easy Anti-Cheat support for the penguin system will further benefit Linux, allowing more games to be played. run, and consequently with more people migrating definitely, as they will no longer need a dual-boot with Windows to run their favorite games.