Consider the installation of the Wargaming Game Center launcher on Linux (Zorin OS and Ubuntu similar systems). As an example of a successful launcher installation, we will launch World of Tanks and World of Warships!
With the advent of such libraries and applications as DXVK, Steam Play (Proton), Lutris, and others, running Windows games on Linux has become much more accessible.
Of course, not all games from the Windows platform can run on Linux operating systems. Most often, there are problems with running games, for which certain anti-cheats are required. For information on support for running games on Linux, visit the ProtonDB project website.
It is worth noting that the launch of many games about which it is known that they can run on Linux is not a problem. And sometimes, installing a game is almost no more complicated than installing in Windows. For example, we can highlight the installation of the games World of Tanks and World of Warships on Linux using the Wargaming Game Center launcher.
How to Install Wargaming Game Center on Linux and Play World of Tanks and World of Warships
We will install the Wargaming Game Center launcher on Linux (Zorin OS and Ubuntu similar systems) using the Lutris program. Installing the launcher is as simple as possible.
Installing Lutris and installing mandatory components such as proprietary Nvidia driver, Vulkan driver for Nvidia, AMD, and Intel. Installation of the program and the necessary components will take little time.
To install the Wargaming Game Center launcher, go to the corresponding page of the Lutris program website. Select the launcher installation script of the region we need. For example, All regions version and click on the Install button.
Agree to open the link in the Lutris app. Then Lutris will be offered to install the selected game. In our case, it is the Wargaming Game Center launcher.
In the next window, select a region.
Click the Continue button and wait for the launcher to be installed.
Further installation of World of Tanks and World of Warships from the launcher is no different from installation in WIndows.
Specify the game’s installation location, or agree with the default location.
Wait for the installation and play.
NOTE: For clarity, the games were launched in windowed mode, but the full-screen mode is supported without problems.
Other ways to install Wargaming Game Center on Linux
Before Lutris, one of the best ways to run World of Tanks and World of Warships on Linux was the PortWine-Linux project.
The project is still supported, and you can also use the proposed PortWGC port to install and run the Wargaming Game Center launcher under Linux.
Before you begin the installation, pay attention to the recommendations. You need to install the proprietary driver for the Nvidia video card, as well as the dependencies proposed by the project
1. Install PortWGC to launch the Wargaming Game Center launcher. Execute with one command in the terminal:
wget -c -T 2 https://portwine-linux.ru/ftp/portwine/PortWGC-44 && sh "./PortWGC-44" && rm -f "./PortWGC-44"
2. After downloading the port, a window will open with the option to select the port installation, then select the option to start DXVK or VKD3D.
By default, the port is set to the ~/PortWINE/PortWGC directory, where shortcuts are also available to start the launcher and reset the port settings.
World of Tanks and World of Warships are available on Steam
World of Tanks and World of Warships is available on Steam. You can install and run these games using Steam Play (Proton).
NOTE: World of Tanks and World of Warships games on Steam is only available as a new player profile, a new account.
1. To enable Steam Play (Proton), open Steam > Settings > Steam Play and enable the Enable Steam Play option for all other products.
2. Restart Steam.
Games are installed in the same way on Windows. The install button will be available for all games.
Keep in mind that in case of problems with the launch of the game, you should change the version of Proton in the Steam Play settings.
In my case, I ran into the problem of launching the game World of Tanks. I didn’t try the different versions of Proton but immediately installed an improved, custom version –proton-ge-custom.
Proton-ge-custom requires Wine and Winetricks, a Vulkan driver, and a proprietary Nvidia driver. All that we proposed to install at the beginning of the article.
Installing proton-ge-custom (can be a valuable solution for running many games):
- Download the latest version from download page: Proton-GE
- Unzip the archive. Create a folder named compatibilitytools.d in the ~/.steam/root/directory. You can create a folder by using the following command:
- The Folder Proton-xxx-GE-x,the archive of which we downloaded, is moved to the folder ~/.steam/root/compatibilitytools.d/.
- In the Steam Play settings, select Proton GE.
- Restart Steam and enjoy the game.
I hope this guide on How to Install Wargaming Game Center on Linux was helpful. If you face any issues, please comment down below.