June 7, 2023

In a sequence of tweets, Epic Video games CEO Tim Sweeney has said that Fortnite won’t be instantly playable on Valve’s upcoming Steam Deck. Fortnite just isn’t out there on Steam, however for the reason that handheld console is basically a small Linux PC, it ought to, by design, have the ability to run it with none hitches.
Sweeney, nonetheless, has denied any updates, citing issues with Proton – the compatibility layer that enables Home windows video games to run on Steam Deck’s OS. Seems, Epic’s ‘Simple Anti-Cheat’ system just isn’t appropriate with Proton – “We don’t have faith that we’d have the ability to fight dishonest at scale below a wide selection of kernel configurations together with customized ones,” he mentioned.
The risk mannequin for an anti-cheat varies with the variety of lively gamers in several video games. It’s inconsistent, the place whereas it’d suffice for one sport, it may not be sufficient for one more sport with “10, 100, or 1000 instances extra gamers” – particularly when you need to bypass a number of compatibility layers. Elsewhere on the r/linux_gaming subreddit, people are accusing Sweeney of being hostile in the direction of gaming on open-source platforms.

Fortnite no, however there’s a giant effort underway to maximise Simple Anti Cheat compatibility with Steam Deck.
— Tim Sweeney (@TimSweeneyEpic) February 7, 2022

Sweeney nonetheless assured that there’s a “large effort underway” to maximise anti-cheat compatibility with Steam, although it might take a while. Ubisoft’s Rainbow Six Siege is one other multiplayer shooter that depends on Simple Anti-Cheat providers to restrict hacking and unfair play in-game. As for whether or not the identical guidelines apply right here, might be revealed after February 25, 2022 – after Steam Deck’s launch.
When questioned about not wanting his “star sport” on a rival platform, Sweeney said that he could be joyful to make Fortnite out there on Steam, however just isn’t wanting ahead to paying 20 to 30 % of its earned income. “Supporting Steam Deck {hardware} is a separate subject, however the marketplace for non-Steam-hosted video games on restricted availability Steam Deck {hardware} is how large precisely?”

Gamers who nonetheless intend to run Fortnite on their Steam Decks can accomplish that by putting in Home windows working system on their units – which is completely attainable, as said by designer Lawrence Yang in an interview with IGN.
“We don’t assume individuals must be locked right into a sure course or a sure set of software program that they’ll set up. For those who purchase a Steam Deck, it’s a PC. You’ll be able to set up no matter you need on it, you may connect any peripherals you wish to it. Perhaps a greater means to consider it’s that it’s a small PC with a controller connected versus a gaming console,” it reads.
Valve has not totally outlined what the repercussions are for interfering and manipulating with the Steam Deck’s software program, although usually, warranties are solely voided when it has one thing to do with the {hardware}.