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How to play NBA 2K22 on Linux

NBA 2K22 is a basketball simulation game developed by Visual Concepts and published by 2K Sports on major gaming platforms. Here’s how you can play NBA 2K22 on Linux.

Getting NBA 2K22 working on Linux

NBA 2K22 works on Linux, not natively, but with the help of Proton and Steam Play compatibility tools. If you own this game and would like to install it on your Linux system, here’s what to do.

You must first install the Steam app for Linux. The terminal window must be used to install Steam on Linux. Open up a terminal window by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T on the keyboard or searching for “Terminal” in the app menu.

With the terminal window open and ready to use, the installation of Steam is ready to begin. Follow the instructions that correspond to the Linux OS you use to get the app up and running.


Steam is in the Ubuntu repos. Run the following apt install command below to get it working on your system.

sudo apt install steam


On Debian, users can install the Steam app through the non-free software repository. However, it is easier to download the Steam DEB package directly from Valve and install it.

To get the Steam DEB package on your Debian PC, use the following wget download command below.

wget https://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/client/installer/steam.deb

The installation can begin with the DEB package downloaded to your Debian Linux PC. Then, using the dpkg installation command below, set up the latest version of Steam.

sudo dpkg -i steam.deb

After installing the Steam DEB package on Debian, you may have some dependency issues. Thankfully, these issues can easily be reconciled by running the apt-get install -f command below.

sudo apt-get install -f

Arch Linux

To use Steam on Arch Linux, you will need to enable the “multilib” software repository on your computer. You can do this by opening up the /etc/pacman.conf file in a text editor (as the root user).

Once the text file is open, find the “multilib” line and remove the # symbol. After that, remove the # symbol from the line below. Finally, save your edits, close the editor and run the pacman -Syy command.

sudo pacman -Syy

With the “multilib” software repository enabled, run the pacman -S command to install Steam.

sudo pacman -S steam


To use Steam on Fedora or OpenSUSE, consider installing the Steam app through software repositories included within your operating system. We suggest following the Flatpak instructions instead, as the Flatpak release of Steam tends to work better on these OSes.


flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo
flatpak install flathub com.valvesoftware.Steam

Open up the Steam app and log into your account. Then, follow the step-by-step instructions below to play NBA 2K22 on Linux.

Step 1: Open the Steam app and click on the “Steam” menu. Select “Settings” in the Steam menu to access the Steam settings area. Once inside of the Steam settings area, find “Steam Play” and check the two boxes to enable Proton support.

Step 2: Find the “Store” button and click on it to access the Steam store. Once on the Steam store, find the search box, and select it. Then, type in “NBA 2K22”. Finally, press the Enter key to view search results.

Step 3: Look through the Steam store search results for “NBA 2K22” and click on it with the mouse. When you select “NBA 2K22,” Steam will load up the game’s Steam store page.

Step 4: Look on the Steam store page for the green “Add to cart” button and select it with the mouse to add it to your Steam cart. Then, click on the Steam cart and buy the game.

Step 5: After purchasing NBA 2K22, find the “Library” button and select it with the mouse. Then, find “NBA 2K22” and right-click on it with the mouse. Select the “Properties” option.

Inside the “Properties” area, find “Compatibility” and check the box. Then, set it to use Proton Experimental.”

Step 6: After configuring NBA 2K22, find the blue “INSTALL” button and select it with the mouse to download the game and install it on your system. Once the software is installed, the blue “INSTALL” button will become a green “PLAY” button.

Select the “PLAY” button to start NBA 2K22 on your Linux PC.

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