BattlEye Adds Support for Steam Deck As Second Major Anti-Cheat Provider

Steam Deck Gets Additional Anti-Cheat Support for Major Multiplayer Games

The Steam Deck is looking more promising than ever, as a second major anti-cheat provider has now announced support for the upcoming device.  In a recent Tweet, BattlEye announced that they would follow Easy Anti-Cheat in providing Steam Deck support.

Valve Portable Steam Deck
Valve Portable Steam Deck

When the Steam Deck was first announced, there was the glaring major obstacle of no anti-cheat support for Linux.  As many popular multiplayer games rely on anti-cheat to combat hackers, the success of the not yet released device was pretty majorly dependent on whether Valve could secure anti-cheat support or not.  Now, a few months before the release of the Steam Deck, Valve’s efforts are clearly paying off as another anti-cheat provider joins the Steam Deck support group.

In a recent Tweet, BattlEye announced: “BattlEye has provided native Linux and Mac support for a long time and we can announce that we will also support the upcoming Steam Deck (Proton). This will be done on an opt-in basis with game developers choosing whether they want to allow it or not.”

BattlEye provides support for games such as Escape from Tarkov, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Seige.  With the sudden influx of supported games, as well as no negative feedback coming from devs who have received the Steam Deck Dev Kits, the Steam Deck seems to be a promising new prospect.  However, both Easy Anti-Cheat and BattlEye require devs to opt into allowing their services to run on the Steam Deck through Proton.  This caveat is relatively minor, especially if the Steam Deck is successful.

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