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How to play Bully: Scholarship Edition on Linux

Bully: Scholarship Edition is a remaster of Rockstar Game’s “Bully,” a game about a young kid working his way through the social hierarchy of high school, meeting girls, making friends, and causing mischief. The game is an open world, which is typical of Rockstar. Here’s how to get it working on your Linux PC.

Installing Steam on Linux

The best way to play Bully: Scholarship Edition on a Linux system is by installing the Steam release of the game. The reason? Valve’s Steam Play technology works much better than Wine installed on Linux alone and does a lot of the heavy lifting and configurations. However, Steam does not come pre-installed on many Linux operating systems, so we must demonstrate how to set it up.

To start the installation of Steam, open up a terminal window on your Linux desktop environment by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T on the keyboard. From there, follow the command-line installation instructions for Steam outlined below that correspond with the Linux distribution you use.


On Ubuntu Linux, Steam is in the primary software repositories, so installation is easy. Enter the Apt command below to get it working.

sudo apt install steam


Steam is available to Debian Linux users through the Non-free software repository. However, this repository is disabled by default and isn’t exactly easy to enable if you are not a Debian wizard. Thankfully, Valve has a DEB package available for download on their website that works quite well.

To start the installation, use the wget downloader tool to grab the latest Steam DEB package from the internet. Then, using the dpkg tool, install Steam.

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

sudo dpkg -i steam.deb

Following the installation of Steam, run the apt-get install -f command to correct any dependency issues that may have occurred during the DEB package installation.

sudo apt install -f

Arch Linux

Arch Linux has the latest Steam available in its software repos. To get it working, use the Pacman command.

sudo pacman -S steam


It is possible to get Steam working through RPMFusion, as Fedora does not make it available in their software repositories. However, the RPMFusion version of Steam is iffy, so if you don’t like to fuss, follow the Flatpak instructions instead.


OpenSUSE users can get Steam working through third-party software repositories. However, the Flatpak release of the program is much quicker to set up. Enable Flatpak on OpenSUSE and follow the Flatpak instructions in the “Flatpak” section of this guide.


Steam is available on Flatpak, which is excellent! More Linux distributions have easy access to Steam, so long as it is possible to set up Flatpak! To get the Flatpak release of Steam, do the following.

First, ensure that the Flatpak runtime is set up on your Linux PC. Then, enter the commands below to get Steam working.

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

Enabling Steam Play

Steam Play is key to getting Bully: Scholarship Edition working on Linux. For this reason, it must be enabled in the Steam Linux client before moving forward. To enable Steam Play, access “Settings” in Steam, locate “Steam Play,” and ensure that it is turned on. Be sure also to enable it for all titles, as some games (including Bully) do not have official Steam Play support, yet work flawlessly with the tool.

Unsure about how to turn on the Steam Play feature in Steam? Check out our in-depth guide on the subject!

Installing Bully: Scholarship Edition

The time has come to install Bully to Linux. To do this, you must first purchase the game (if you do not already own it). To buy the game, find “Store” and click on it to access the Steam Store. Once in the store, find the search box and search for “Bully: Scholarship Edition.”

Click on the game in the search results to go to the purchase page. Then, buy it by clicking the purchase button. You’ll then be able to install it by going to “Library,” searching for “Bully” and clicking the blue “INSTALL” button.

Configuring Bully: Scholarship Edition

Bully works quite well with Steam Play on Linux out of the box. However, some small bugs can be fixed with some configuration changes. To start the configuration, go to “Library” and locate Bully: Scholarship Edition in the list of games. Then, right-click on it with the mouse and select the “Properties” option to access the game’s properties area.

Inside of the “Properties” area, find the “SET LAUNCH OPTIONS…” button, and select it with the mouse. Then, paste the code below into the text box and click “OK.”


After adding in the launch options, find the “Close” button and click it to exit the “Properties” window.

Play Bully: Scholarship Edition on Linux

Steam Play is enabled, the game is installed, and launch options are set. Now it’s time to play the game. To play, do the following.

First, locate “Library” in Steam to access your video game collection. Then, search for “Bully: Scholarship Edition” in the list and click on it with the mouse. After that, select the green “PLAY” button to enjoy the game on Linux!


Bully: Scholarship Edition runs phenomenally on Linux. However, issues are common when running Windows games on the Linux platform. If you run into problems playing this game on your system, please check out the Bully: Scholarship Edition ProtonDB page. It will help you figure out what is wrong with your game.


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