BattlEye, which is used in games like Destiny 2 and PUBG, announced today that it will run on Valve’s handheld Proton.
Easy Anti-Cheat now offers native support for Linux and MacOS, as well as Wine and Proton, the compatibility layers used to run Windows programmes on Linux, according to Epic Games. As a result, any game that uses Easy Anti-Cheat, such as Apex Legends, Day by Daylight, or Halo, should run smoothly on the Steam Deck at launch.
BattlEye, not to be outdone, revealed today that it, too, will launch with Steam Deck software.
“BattlEye has long provided native Linux and Mac support, and we’re excited to announce that we’ll be supporting the next Steam Deck (Proton) as well,” BattlEye tweeted. “This will be done on an opt-in basis, with game makers having the choice of whether or not to enable it.”
This is critical. Anti-cheat software for many online games has suffered with Proton, as we revealed in August, and if the anti-cheat doesn’t work, neither will any game that relies on it. BattlEye compatibility allows you to play a variety of popular online games like Ark: Survival Evolved, Arma 3, Destiny 2, Fortnite, PUBG, Rainbow Six Siege, and Survarium on the Steam Deck.
I’m not sure what “done on an opt-in basis” means—I mean, I get what “opt-in basis” means, but I’m not sure why a developer wouldn’t want their game to support BattlEye and therefore run on Steam Deck. Battleeye has been emailed for clarification.