Dedicated Servers (Linux)

Warning, this tutorial was tested on Ubuntu Desktop 18.04 & Xubuntu Desktop 16.04. It might be valid for Debian 9.

1 – First check your operating system update and install dependencies:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade 
sudo apt install xterm

Then install Steam:

sudo apt-get install steam

2 – Run Steam and log in:

3 – Go to Steam > Settings and check “Enable SteamPlay for all titles“:

(Steam will ask you to restart, do it!)

4 – Download Master Arena:

5 – Press “PLAY”: Important step, Master Arena will not start, we want to have a good setup of wine proton.

6 – Close Steam

7 – Install PlayOnLinux

sudo apt-get install playonlinux 
sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386 
sudo apt-get update 
sudo apt-get install lib32gcc1

8 – PlayOnLinux & Proton:

  • Start PlayOnLinux
  • Go to /home/jerem/.steam/steam/steamapps/common/
  • Copy Proton 3.X folder
  • Paste it into /home/jerem/.PlayOnLinux/wine/linux-x86/
  • Rename the folder Proton 3.X to Proton3_X
  • Go back to PlayOnLinux and follow these steps:

  • Close PlayOnlinux configuration window
  • Download this FILE
  • Unzip and go back to PlayOnLinux, click on Tools > ‘Run a local script’:

  • Select PlayOnLinux_AddOn_MasterArena script:

  • The installation starts, you just have to click “next” or “accept”.
  • Copy /home/$USER/.steam/steam/steamapps/common/MasterArena folder to /home/$USER/.PlayOnLinux/wineprefix/MasterArena/drive_c/

9 – Now to create a Shortcut:

  • Click on “Configure”
  • Select MasterArena virtual drive
  • Click on “Make a new shortcut…”

  • Select MasterArena.exe:

  • Don’t create another shortcut:

10 – Start a server

  • Open a terminal and enter this server command line:
xterm -hold -e "/usr/share/playonlinux/playonlinux --run MasterArena server DM-Fuse?game=MasterArena.MADeathMatch?AdminPassword=MAFPSADMIN?MaxPlayers=2?GoalScore=0?TimeLimit=8?NumPlay=2?ForceRespawn=1-Port=7777-QueryPort=27015-CONFIGSUBDIR=DedicatedServer1" &

BUT, you have to finalize the installation by adding a server update script.

(For obscure reasons, it is possible that your server is not identified immediately by steam. Do not worry, wait a few minutes ..)

11 – Steamcmd installation

  • First open a terminal, and follow those steps:
cd /home/$USER/.PlayOnLinux/wineprefix/MasterArena/drive_c/
tar -xvzf steamcmd_linux.tar.gz
  • Now run steam command:
  • Let it download and install the update, and then you can close it.

12 – Update your game server:

  • Finally, enter this command, where USER & PASSWORD are your steam login:
./ +@sSteamCmdForcePlatformType windows +login USER PASSWORD +force_install_dir ./MasterArena +app_update 704020 validate +quit

Your installation is now complete. You can delete Steam (you won’t need it anymore).

13 – Extra information

Now your game server is correctly set up, you can start several servers like a normal windows server by adding -CONFIGSUBDIR=FOLDER_X without forgetting to set up the game ports correctly. By this way, you can create a .sh and start several servers.


echo "Server Command line Example (Duel)" &
xterm -hold -e "/usr/share/playonlinux/playonlinux --run MasterArena server DM-Fuse?game=MasterArena.MATeamGame?AdminPassword=MAFPSADMIN?MaxPlayers=2?GoalScore=0?TimeLimit=8?NumPlay=2?ForceRespawn=1-Port=7777-QueryPort=27015-CONFIGSUBDIR=DedicatedServer1" &
echo "Server Command line Example (DeathMatch)" &
xterm -hold -e "/usr/share/playonlinux/playonlinux --run MasterArena server DM-SpaceDock?game=MasterArena.MADeathMatch?AdminPassword=MAFPSADMIN?MaxPlayers=6?GoalScore=0?TimeLimit=8?NumPlay=4?ForceRespawn=0-Port=7787-QueryPort=27016-CONFIGSUBDIR=DedicatedServer2" &
echo "Server Command line Example (Team DeathMatch)" &
xterm -hold -e "/usr/share/playonlinux/playonlinux --run MasterArena server DM-Mars?game=MasterArena.MATeamGame?AdminPassword=MAFPSADMIN?MaxPlayers=6?GoalScore=0?TimeLimit=8?NumPlay=4?ForceRespawn=0-Port=7797-QueryPort=27017-CONFIGSUBDIR=DedicatedServer3" &
echo "Server Command line Example (Capture The Flag)" &
xterm -hold -e "/usr/share/playonlinux/playonlinux --run MasterArena server CTF-Basketball?game=MasterArena.MACTFGame?AdminPassword=MAFPSADMIN?MaxPlayers=10?GoalScore=0?TimeLimit=5?NumPlay=0?ForceRespawn=0-Port=7717-QueryPort=27018-CONFIGSUBDIR=DedicatedServer4" &
  • Save it as
  • Run ./ into the terminal 🙂

Now you know how to start a server, go to the Server Settings page to learn how to define game mode, maps list, and specific settings.

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