Epic Games Store is gaining more attention than ever, with some exclusive releases, and attractive discounts for PC gamers.
While I still prefer Steam to Epic Games Store (or EGS) because the client is superior, and it officially works on Linux without any workarounds.
Unfortunately, games like Kena: Bridge of Spirits and Immortals Fenyx Rising cannot be found on Steam. Sure, some are timed exclusives like Hitman 3, nevertheless, Epic Games Store has a good collection of games to play.
So, how do we get started using the Epic Games Store on Linux without official support?
3 Ways to Run Epic Games Store on Linux
Wine is a popular tool that lets you run Windows apps on Linux. You can use it to launch Epic Games Store, but we will not be focusing on it.
Instead, I will be highlighting options that utilize Wine and Steam’s Proton (or a compatibility layer) without making a lot of effort.
You should have no problem following the methods that I tried, considering they are focused on their ease of use.
I tried games like CONTROL, and a few indie titles that do not require anti-cheat services, and seemed to work pretty well.
The methods include:
- Using Heroic Games Launcher
- Using Lutris
- Using Bottles
1. Use Epic Games Store with Heroic Games Launcher
Heroic Games Launcher is one of the best ways to run Epic Games Store on Linux. You can also access the GOG library using it.
It lets you launch Epic Games Store using a free and open-source replacement for the Epic Games Launcher, i.e., Legendary.
While Legendary is originally a command-line application, the Heroic Games Launcher provides a GUI to make it easy.
You get a native-like experience with this method, considering you get a lot of features using the GUI. Some of the features include:
- Uninstall/Install Games.
- Repair installed games.
- Update games.
- Move games to different folders.
- Launch games using default wine or custom wine configuration.
- Cloud sync save with Epic.
- Import installed game and Sync installed games with existing Epic Games installation.
Install Heroic Games Launcher on Linux
Heroic Games Launcher is available as a Flatpak, AppImage, .deb package, and a .rpm package. So, it can be installed on any Linux distribution, including Ubuntu, Arch, and Fedora.
You also get a third-party apt repository and can find it listed in AUR.
I recommend using the Flatpak package, which you can install it using the software center (or package manager) if you already have Flatpak enabled or enter the following command to proceed:
flatpak install flathub com.heroicgameslauncher.hgl
Steps to Launch Epic Games Store on Heroic Games Launcher
1. Once installed, you just need to launch the program and head to the Stores menu, and log in to your Epic Store account as shown in the image.