In a series of tweets, Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney has stated that Fortnite will not be directly playable in Valve’s next game. steam cover. Fortnite isn’t available on Steam, but since the handheld console is essentially a small Linux PC, you should, by design, be able to run it without a hitch.
Sweeney, however, has denied any updates, citing concerns with Proton, the compatibility layer that allows Windows games to run on the Steam Deck operating system. It turns out that Epic’s ‘Easy Anti-Cheat’ system isn’t compatible with Proton: “We don’t trust that we can combat cheating on a large scale in a wide range of kernel configurations, including custom ones,” he said.
The threat model for an anti-cheat varies depending on the number of active players in different games. It’s inconsistent, where while it may be enough for one game, it may not be enough for another game with “10, 100 or 1000 times as many players”, especially when you have to bypass multiple compatibility layers. Elsewhere on the r/linux_gaming subreddit, people are accusing Sweeney of being hostile towards gaming on open source platforms.
Not Fortnite, but there is a huge effort underway to maximize Easy Anti Cheat compatibility with the Steam Deck.
—Tim Sweeney (@TimSweeneyEpic) February 7, 2022
Sweeney still assured that there is a “huge effort underway” to maximize anti-cheat support on Steam, though it could take some time. Ubisoft’s Rainbow Six Siege is another multiplayer shooter that relies on Easy Anti-Cheat services to limit hacking and unfair play in the game. As for whether the same rules apply here, it will be revealed after February 25, 2022, after the release of the Steam Deck.
When asked about not wanting his “flagship game” on a rival platform, Sweeney said he’d be happy to make Fortnite available on Steam, but he doesn’t expect to pay 20 to 30 percent of his earned revenue. “Compatibility with Steam Deck hardware is a separate issue, but the market for non-Steam-hosted games on limited-availability Steam Deck hardware is exactly how big is it?”
Players still intending to run Fortnite on their Steam Decks can do so by installing Windows OS on their devices, which is entirely possible, as stated by designer Lawrence Yang in a blog post. interview with IGN.
“We don’t think people should be locked into a certain address or a certain set of software that they can install. If you buy a Steam Deck, it’s a PC. You can install whatever you want on it, you can connect whatever peripherals you want to it. Maybe a better way to think of it is that it’s a small PC with a controller attached rather than a game console,” he read.
Valve hasn’t fully described what the repercussions are for interfering with and tampering with the Steam Deck software, though warranties are typically only voided when it has something to do with the hardware.