Amazon’s streaming gaming platform Luna is breaking new ground with its latest job listing. The company is looking to hire engineers familiar with DXVK, Wine (Proton) and Mesa. These are the same technologies that make Windows games compatible on Valve’s upcoming Steam Deck. In fact, these tools are already available to Linux gamers through the Steam client.
Their goal is to abstract and trivialize the installation of Windows games on Linux while providing a compatibility sandbox for every game to experience. This offers advantages to the Windows model, where a new OS or library update could make an older, more supported game incompatible.
Valve proton is a fork of Wine, which is a tool that allows Windows applications to run on Linux through a collection of reverse-engineered libraries. It’s easy to see why Amazon would want to leverage these technologies, as it would allow it to sandbox games in an AWS data center. More importantly, it would allow Amazon to offer existing titles without having to order Luna-specific ports. From the job list:
“Specifically, this role involves working with Proton – a compatibility layer for running Windows games on Linux using Wine. Luna is committed to working with the open source community around Proton. This role will engage code in open source projects such as Proton and Wine with the goal of running games in a stable and efficient manner.
If Amazon invests in Proton and its potential new team provides fixes ahead of these open source projects, it could mean a lot to Valve who would see in-game compatibility with Steam Deck and SteamOS accelerated.