If you don"t know how to lớn fix “Steam must be running to play this game” error while launching a game, don"t worry. This post from MiniTool Software has collected some effective solutions for you. If you encounter this error, kiểm tra out this post now.

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When you try lớn open a game on your computer, it may prompt up the following error message:

Steam must be running to play this game (steamapi_init() failed).

Well, you are not the only one who encounters this error. Recently, many users reported that came across “Steam must be running khổng lồ play this game” error message on their PC. How khổng lồ fix it?

After analyzing several posts on how lớn fix the “Steam must be running khổng lồ play this game” error, I have sầu summarized some effective solutions. You can try the following solutions one by one.

Solution 1. Install the Steam Client on Your PC

If you always play games on PC, it is important for you lớn install the Steam client on your computer. Nowadays, many PC games will require you khổng lồ have Steam installed on your PC.

If you haven’t installed the Steam client, you can follow the steps below to install it. If you have already installed Steam on your computer, you can try the next method directly.

Step 1. Visit Steam client tải về page and cliông chồng the Install Steam Now button to lớn download >>>Steam’s installation executable.


Step 2. Run the executable file và follow the on-screen prompts to finish the Steam client installation on your PC.

Step 3. When the installation is finished, restart your computer. After restarting, run the game that you encounter “Steam must be running khổng lồ play this game” again.

If this fixes the error, you can play the game now. However, if this method doesn"t work, try the next solutions.


Solution 2. Update the Steam Client lớn the Lachạy thử Version

Some users reported that after updating Steam khổng lồ the lachạy thử version, they removed the “Steam must be running to lớn play this game (steamapi_init() failed)” error message.

Step 1. Launch the Steam client & đầu vào your passwords to lớn log in.

Step 2. Cliông xã the Steam button on the top thực đơn bar và then select Chechồng for Steam Clients Updates from the drop-down thực đơn.




Step 3. If there is a new version available, you can follow the on-screen instructions lớn install the lachạy thử version on your PC.

When the update is finished, restart your computer & check if Steam must be running lớn play this game error still appears on your computer.

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Solution 3. Log out Your Steam Account & Log Baông xã In

According khổng lồ some users’ feedbachồng, after logging out và logging back in the Steam trương mục, and then launch the game in Steam client, they will not “get the Steam must be running lớn play this game (steamapi_init() failed)”. Many users report that this is helpful. So you can have a try.

Step 1. mở cửa Steam, clichồng the drop-down menu near your account profile on the top-right corner of the window. Then, select Log out of account from the drop-down thực đơn.

Step 2. Exit Steam completely. You can over all Steam related processes in Task Manager.

Step 3. Right cliông chồng on the Steam shortcut on the desktop and choose Run as administrator. Then, log baông xã in with your user trương mục.

Step 4. Re-launch the problematic game from the Steam. After that, kiểm tra if the “Steam must be running to play this game” error message disappears.


Solution 4. Verify Integrity of the trò chơi Files

If the game that you try lớn open is incorrectly updated via the Steam client or the game’s thư mục is missing some files, you may get the “Steam must be running to play this game” error when launching it. At this time, you may wonder: is there any way to make it up?

Well, in this situation, you can verify the integrity of the games file with Steam client. If it finds any inconsistencies, Steam will re-download the missing components for you.

Here are detailed steps to verify integrity of the game files with Steam client.

Step 1. Launch the Steam client & cliông chồng on Library.

Step 2. Right-clichồng on the game that prompts you the “Steam must be running to play this game” error message, then choose Properties.

Step 3. Then switch khổng lồ the Local Files tab và cliông chồng on Verify Integrity of Game Files. Then the program will start verifying the integrity of the game files.




When the verifying process is finished, restart the Steam client và kiểm tra if this resolves the “Steam must be running lớn play this game” error message.


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