If you are excited about playing Fortnite on the recently launched Steam Deck which allows you to access your Steam library on the go, there is bad news. Epic Games has revealed it will not update Fortnite will not be updated to ensure compatibility for the portable.
Epic has made it clear you cannot play Fortnite, but there is a workaround to Fortnite running on the Linux-based portable.
Even though Tim Sweeney, CEO, of Epic Games has sidelined those hopes, for now, said there are no plans to update Fortnite to make it compatible with Linux and Proton.
Steam Deck is installed with Linux to run SteamOS, which leads to a number of compatibility issues as many games are designed to run on Linux. Thankfully Valve has a solution to this with a compatibility layer called Proton which enables the Linux-based SteamOS to run Windows games.
Epic Games has chosen to deny support for Steam Deck citing concerns over its anti-cheat software, Easy Anti-Cheat.
Sweeney when asked Twitter about updating Fortnite to make it compatible with Proton he said, “Fortnite no, but there’s a big effort underway to maximize Easy Anti Cheat compatibility with Steam Deck.”
With regard to anti-cheat on the Linux platform supporting custom kernels and the threat model to a game of Fortnite’s size, YES THAT’S EXACTLY RIGHT!
— Tim Sweeney (@TimSweeneyEpic) February 7, 2022
He further added, “We don’t have confidence that we’d be able to combat cheating at scale under a wide array of kernel configurations including custom ones.”