Battlefield V, EA’s first-person shooter game that launched last year, is only available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC via Microsoft Windows. However, enthusiastic Linux users have found a way to run the game on the open source operating system. Unfortunately, EA doesn’t think this is acceptable behavior, and has begun delivering permanent bans to such players.
Like most PC games, Battlefield V is not officially supported on the Linux operating system. That doesn’t mean that you can’t play the game on it; Linux users are running a combination of WINE and DXVK, which is an extension allowing WINE to run Vulkan instead of just DirectX 11, to boot up and play Battlefield V. Sadly, their workarounds apparently violated EA’s terms and conditions, as the developer began permabanning players on the basis of “cheating”.
Over the past few weeks, several Linux users playing Battlefield V claim they received a ban shortly after getting booted by FairFight, the game’s anti-cheat system. At first, it was believed that the anti-cheat simply made a mistake, but upon contacting EA’s support team, the affected users got even more upset.
vayn3, a Linux user banned on Battlefield V reached out to EA inquiring about the penalty and received the following response:
Thank you for contacting us regarding the action that was taken on your account.
The action pertains to the following violation:
Promote, encourage or take part in any activity involving hacking, cracking, phishing, taking advantage of exploits or cheats and/or distribution of counterfeit software and/or virtual currency/items
After thoroughly investigating your account and concern, we found that your account was actioned correctly and will not remove this sanction from your account.
EA Terms of Service
Other users in the thread reported receiving the same email confirming that the ban was indeed correct.
Although Linux isn’t listed as one of the officially supported operating systems of Battlefield V, you wouldn’t think playing the game on it would result in a permanent ban. While some users say pursuing the case resulted in an overturn of their ban, others haven’t had much success. Despite the controversy gaining more traction, EA is yet to comment on the matter.