How to Game on Linux

Ethan Higham2021-01-29

Gaming on Linux?

For a while there has been a debate going around with regards to gaming on linux. Most PC gamers use Microsoft Windows, however, for those linux enthusiasts who swear by linux but are bound to playing games on windows, you have nothing to fear because there is finally a solution. Thanks to Valve’s ProtonDB and its integration with Steam, you can now finally play all your Steam games on Linux. In the past people have tried to use Wine to run windows games but you were more likely to encounter errors when installing a game or piece of software.

Below is a set of instructions you can follow along to install Wine, Steam, GameMode and Lutris. The commands that are required are in orange. Please note this will only work if you are using the apt package manger.

How to Install:

Step 1: Install Wine

  • sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386
  • wget -O -​ | sudo apt-key add -
  • sudo add-apt-repository 'deb​ groovy main'

If you get an error of apt key is deprecated perform the following command:
  • curl -fsSL | sudo apt-key --keyring /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/wine.gpg add

Afterwards you need to update your repository settings and then install wine
  • sudo apt update
  • sudo apt install --install-recommends winehq-staging

Step 2: Install GameMode

  • sudo apt install gamemode

Step 3: Install Steam and Proton

  • sudo apt install steam

Once Steam has finished installing, navigate over to Steam / Settings / Steam Play / Advanced and tick the Enable Steam Play for all other titles, and restart to apply this setting.

To enable Gamemode for a game, click on the Properties of a game, navigate to SET LAUNCH OPTIONS and type in

“gamemoderun %command%”

Step 4: Install Lutris and enable game mode for other game titles

  • sudo add-apt-repository ppa:lutris-team/lutris
  • sudo apt-get update
  • sudo apt-get install lutris

To enable it to work with Gamemode, then navigate to Preferences / System options / Command prefix and type in gamemoderun, and once done, click Save.

Note that you will need to tick the show advanced options to see the Command prefix option.


So you should now be able to run most of your Steam games on linux and with the use of wine installed, you can now also install other windows software such as Office, Notepad etc...