Even before its release, the Steam Deck has already moved the lines on the side of anti-cheat software publishers.
While the console will at best not be available until the very end of the year, we can say that its influence is already palpable in the small world of video games. In quick succession, Epic Games and BattlEye have indeed decided to evolve their anti-cheating support services in online gaming.
Proton support is growing
At the end of last week, it was Epic Games which “opened the ball” by pointing out that its Easy Anti-Cheat service now supports Linux and macOS systems, in addition to the traditional Windows. Better still, he pointed out that the Wine and Proton overlays were also on the menu.
A few hours later, BattlEye also went there with its announcement to Valve’s Steam Deck: its anti-cheat service will support Proton. It must be said that BattlEye already started with an advantage: Linux / macOS support has been in effect for a little while.
In either case, it is therefore the upcoming release of the Steam Deck that has shaken things up and given additional weight to the Proton solution. Remember that this is a tool for playing a hell of a lot of Windows games on a Linux system.