Linux gamers using the Lutris distribution are reporting that they’re being permanently banned from Battlefield V. The bans are apparently coming from EA’s anti-cheat software, known as FairFight. The software picks up the Lutris software as a third-party hacking tool and proceeds to ban the user.
U.K., outlet The Register is reporting that it started with a few Linux users passing notes that they had been banned from Battlefield V, but it later escalated into a full blown discussion thread over on the Linux sub-reddit before getting picked up by Hacker News.
This eventually led to the Lutris Gaming Twitter account to issue a warning to gamers on January 2nd, 2020 that playing Battlefield V via a Linux distro – especially Lutris – could result in being permanently banned from the game.
It has come to our attention that several Battlefield 5 players have recently been banned for playing on Linux, and that EA has chosen not to revert these wrongful punishments. Due to this, we advise to refrain from playing any multiplayer games published by @EA in the future.
— Lutris Gaming (@LutrisGaming) January 2, 2020
There doesn’t appear to be much of a remedy for the situation other than to not play the game via Linux.
So far there also doesn’t appear to be any sort response from Electronic Arts regarding the Linux users getting ousted from the game.
We saw a similar thing happen with Blizzard and Diablo III back in the day, where some Linux users claimed that they were being wrongly banned from the game, which resulted in them repeatedly trying to get Blizzard’s attention in resolving the situation, but it was all for nought.
Then again, I have no idea why anyone would purposely want to subject themselves to a game like Battlefield V after gamers were explicitly told not to buy the game if they didn’t like EA’s propaganda and that they were “uneducated” for not accepting DICE’s revisinoist history.
(Thanks for the news tip Waifuhunter88)