As Epic continues to move mountains and challenge Steam with its new Epic Games Store, many Linux gamers have one pressing question: when will it come to their platform of choice? While Epic is currently devoting its resources to PC and Mac, that doesn’t mean they’re opposed to the idea. In fact, I spotted an interesting thread today on Twitter that should give the Linux community hope.
You may know Sergey Galyonkin as the creator of SteamSpy, but he’s now Director of Publishing Strategy at Epic Games. He recently answered some questions via Twitter about how to get certain games like Phoenix Point from the Epic Games Store up and running via Steam’s Proton. Not natively (yet), but using Steam’s fork of Wine which allows Linux gamers to install and run Windows-exclusive games on the Linux Steam client.
Some very interesting responses materialized.
As you can see from the above screenshot, Epic Games is absolutely not opposed to getting the store working on Linux, whether natively (something which requires extensive time and resources) or through Proton. The latter would require less work, but the main problem is the store’s in-client browser which has problems running under Wine. Galyonkin does reveal that “the games themselves mostly work fine, but without the launcher you can’t download and install them.”
A user then asked if they were willing to pay a bounty (a one-time payment) to get CEF-enabled apps running under Wine. Galyonkin replied “yes, we would pay to get it working.”
He goes on to say that if anyone knows any qualified Linux engineers, Epic Games is hiring. So if you’re reading this and you match that description, I would strongly encourage you to get in touch!
I followed up with Galyonkin via Telegram to dig up any addition dirt but came up empty. Still, I think the overall tone is encouraging: “There is nothing to report yet,” he says. “We’d like to bring the store to as many open computing platforms as possible, but are currently focused on PC and Mac. I hope we’ll have more details in the future but right now we don’t have anyone working on the Linux version of the store.”
The Epic Games Store made waves late last year by launching its storefront and taking only 12% of game developer revenue at a time when the industry standard was 30%. It’s also managed to snag some pretty big exclusively like Metro: Exodus.
Correction: An earlier version of this article implied that Epic Games was hiring explicitly to get the store running under Linux, which is incorrect.
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