Steam Top 50 Games: 72% Work on Linux in Sept. 2021

This is an update on the Steam Top 50 current situation, since we checked back in March how things were at the top of the charts – it used to be 70% of games working out of the box. Well, we took a look again very recently at the Steam top 50 games on Steam with the highest number of concurrent players over the past 2 weeks – you won’t see a major difference yet, but while the Steam top 50 games have changed a little bit, the overall Linux compatibility has not got worse, and may have slightly improved.

And here are the results below. The last column indicates whether you can play it on Linux even if it has no native Linux version.

NameDeveloperPublisherConcurrent UsersPlatformVerdict
Counter-Strike: Global OffensiveValve, Hidden Path EntertainmentValve703191WMLNative
Dota 2ValveValve569477WMLNative
PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDSKRAFTON, Inc.KRAFTON, Inc.333191WNo Go
Apex LegendsRespawn EntertainmentElectronic Arts228894WNo Go
Destiny 2BungieBungie118273WNo Go
Grand Theft Auto VRockstar NorthRockstar Games110023WProton
Team Fortress 2ValveValve90218WMLNative
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six SiegeUbisoft MontrealUbisoft78984WNo Go
RustFacepunch StudiosFacepunch Studios77308WMNo Go
Dead by DaylightBehaviour Interactive Inc.Behaviour Interactive Inc.67847WNo Go
WarframeDigital ExtremesDigital Extremes57598WProton Potential
Wallpaper EngineWallpaper Engine TeamWallpaper Engine Team56812WNo Go
Rocket LeaguePsyonix LLCPsyonix LLC54181WProton
ARK: Survival EvolvedStudio Wildcard, Instinct Games, Efecto Studios, Virtual Basement LLCStudio Wildcard48984WMLNative
PAYDAY 2OVERKILL - a Starbreeze Studio.Starbreeze Publishing AB40819WLNative
War ThunderGaijin EntertainmentGaijin Distribution KFT33167WMLNative
The Witcher 3: Wild HuntCD PROJEKT REDCD PROJEKT RED32315WProton
Euro Truck Simulator 2SCS SoftwareSCS Software30631WMLNative
UnturnedSmartly Dressed GamesSmartly Dressed Games28235WMLNative
TerrariaRe-LogicRe-Logic28062WMLNative
Stardew ValleyConcernedApeConcernedApe27891WMLNative
No Man's SkyHello GamesHello Games27540WProton
Monster Hunter: WorldCAPCOM Co., Ltd.CAPCOM Co., Ltd.25790WProton
Garry's ModFacepunch StudiosValve25744WMLNative
World of Tanks BlitzWargaming Group LimitedWargaming Group Limited25064WMProton
PhasmophobiaKinetic GamesKinetic Games24196WProton
Left 4 Dead 2ValveValve22919WMLNative
7 Days to DieThe Fun PimpsThe Fun Pimps Entertainment LLC21959WMLNative
Don't Starve TogetherKlei EntertainmentKlei Entertainment21127WMLNative
BrawlhallaBlue Mammoth GamesUbisoft20701WMProton
Path of ExileGrinding Gear GamesGrinding Gear Games19768WMProton
Fallout 4Bethesda Game StudiosBethesda Softworks18937WProton Potential
ValheimIron Gate AB Coffee Stain Publishing18250WLNative
SMITETitan Forge GamesHi-Rez Studios18232WNo Go
Sid Meier's Civilization VFiraxis Games, Aspyr (Mac), Aspyr (Linux)2K, Aspyr (Mac), Aspyr (Linux)17755WMLNative
Mount & Blade II: BannerlordTaleWorlds EntertainmentTaleWorlds Entertainment15612WProton Potential
Cities: SkylinesColossal Order Ltd.Paradox Interactive15375WMLNative
Arma 3Bohemia InteractiveBohemia Interactive13319WProton
Cyberpunk 2077CD PROJEKT REDCD PROJEKT RED12990WProton Potential
Fall Guys: Ultimate KnockoutMediatonic12225WNo Go
Counter-StrikeValveValve11025WMLNative
World of WarshipsWargaming Group LimitedWargaming Group Limited10221WProton
鬼谷八荒 Tale of Immortal鬼谷工作室鬼谷工作室, Lightning Games9783WProton
Among UsInnerslothInnersloth8865WProton
PaladinsEvil Mojo GamesHi-Rez Studios8728WNo Go
Grim DawnCrate EntertainmentCrate Entertainment8627WProton
RaftRedbeet InteractiveAxolot Games7392WProton
Dying LightTechlandTechland7062WMLNative
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice - GOTY EditionFromSoftwareActivision (Excluding Japan and Asia), FromSoftware (Japan), 方块游戏 (Asia)6711WProton
Risk of Rain 2Hopoo GamesGearbox Publishing5817WProton

So what did we get among the Top 50 games on Steam?

  • 36 games overall working well on Linux out of 50: 72%.
  • Among these 34, 19 have native clients (52.8%), and 17 (47.2%) run well thanks to Proton.
  • An extra 4 games kind of work on Proton but not perfectly.
  • 10 games are borked (20%) in one way or another.

(Note: ARMA3 is considered as ‘working’ even though BattleEye prevents you from joining official servers. It it still, however, possible to host your own multiplayer sessions with friends for Co-op).

Among the 10 games that are considered borked:

  • Most of them do not work because of EAC (8)
  • 2 of them because of another DRM/anti-cheat system
Steam charts top 50 games: Fall guys does not work because of EAC on Linux

Now all these numbers were all nice and cool 6 months ago, but nowadays they take another meaning as Valve is preparing to unleash the Steam Deck over the world by December 2021. And they have committed to bringing all Steam titles to the Steam Deck running SteamOS, while this goal may not be reached on time.

So how does it look like for the most popular games?

Well, if they finally crack the issue that EAC (and other anti-cheat solutions), they will be getting really close to 100% compatibility among that Steam Top 50 list. The developer or Rust has already confirmed that on his devkit EAC was working as expected on the Steam Deck with SteamOS – while it will apparently require some modifications from the devs themselves to make it work (not as seamless as Proton itself).

Mac is, in the meantime, still stuck at ONLY 21 games out of the Steam Top 50 games working… 42%! Despite the introduction of MoltenVK quite a while ago now, there’s no sign that this is bringing more games running on Mac at the end of the day (as they don’t have anything remotely like Proton yet).


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Let’s watch how EAC support evolves in the coming months as this would bring a major jump in Linux support.


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Mnam Mnam

I’d like to point out that every single game in the list that’s not working, with the sole exception of SMITE, is actually running but it’s blocked by anti-cheat software. That’d be a 98%

Ironbeagle

I realize this is specifically about games running on hardware in Linux but it might not be bad idea to point out that GeForce Now works in browser and will allow users to access Steam games that may not run natively or via Proton.

In fact, of the “No Go” games in the list above it looks like only two are not available on GeForce now. After a quick check it seems Pubg and Fall Guys are not available but the others are.