FIX: PUBG failed to initialize Steam error

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by Tashreef Shareef
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  • PUBG is a popular cross-platform Battle Royale game that can be downloaded and installed from Steam.
  • However, at times the game may refuse to launch with a failed to initialize Steam error. 
  • For more great articles on this amazing gaming platform, check out our Steam Guides Hub.
  • If you encounter any other errors in PUBG, check out our comprehensive Gaming section for more info.
PUBG  doesn't open on Steam

PUBG is a popular battle royale game that offers tons of customization options. However, if the game is not properly installed, you may encounter the failed to initialize Steam error during launch. Several users have reported a similar error in the Reddit community as well.

In this article, we have listed a couple of troubleshooting tips to help you resolve the PUBG failed to initialize Steam error in Windows.


How do I fix the failed to initialize  Steam error in PUBG?

1. Run PUBG as administrator

PUBG  failed to initialize Steam

    1. Open File Explorer.
    2. Navigate to the following location:
      C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\PUBG Tsl\Game\Binaries\Win64

 

  1. Right-click on TsLGame.exe and select Run as Administrator.
  2. Click Yes if prompted by UAC.
  3. Wait for the game to launch and check if the error is resolved.

This error can occur due to permission issues during the launch. Try running the game exe file as administrator and check for any improvements.

If the issue persists, try running the Steam client as an administrator.

PUBG  failed to initialize Steam

    1. Open File Explorer and navigate to the following location:
       C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam or C:\Program Files\Steam
    2. Right-click on Steam or Steam.exe and click Run as Administrator.
    3. Click Yes if prompted by UAC.
    4. Launch PUBG and check if the error is resolved.

1.1 Disable Administrator rights 

PUBG  failed to initialize Steam

    1. Open File Explorer and navigate to the following location:
      C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam
      or C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\commonTsl\Game\Binaries\Win64
    2. Right-click on Tslgame.exe file and select Properties.
    3. In the Properties window, open the Compatibility tab.
    4. Uncheck the “Tun this program as an administrator” option under the Privilege Level.
    5. Close the Properties window and launch PUBG.

If the issue persists even after running the game with administrator rights, try revoking the same to see if that helps. Revoking the administrator rights seems to have resolved the error for many PUBG users.


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2. Restart Steam

PUBB Steam launch error

  1. Close the Steam client if running.
  2. Right-click on the taskbar and select Task Manager.
  3. In Task Manager, open the Process tab.
  4. Locate the Steam process and right-click on it.
  5. Select End Task.
  6. Close Task Manager and relaunch Steam. Check for any improvements.

3. Verify Integrity of Game Files

PUBB Steam launch error

  1. Launch Steam.
  2. Open Game Libraries.
  3. Right-click on PUBG and select Properties.
  4. In the Properties window, open the Local Files tab.
  5. Click on the Verify Integrity of Game Files button.
  6. Steam will validate the PUBG installation files and fix any issues if found.
  7.  Relaunch Steam and try to relaunch PUBG.

The problem can occur due to corrupted game files. With the help of Steam’s built-in file troubleshooter, you can find and fix the problems.


4. Update graphics drivers

PUBB Steam launch error

  1. Press Windows Key + R to open Run.
  2. Type devmgmt.msc and click OK to open Device Manager.
  3. In Device Manager, expand the Display adapter category.
  4. Right-click on your graphics driver, and select Update Driver.
  5. Select “Search for update software driver automatically” option.
  6. Windows will now scan for any pending driver updates and install them. Make sure the PC is connected to the Internet.
  7. Reboot the computer and check if the error is resolved.

5. Reinstall Steam or PUBG

  1. Press Windows Key + R to open Run.
  2. Type control and click OK.
  3. In Control Panel, click on Uninstall programs.
  4. Select Steam and click on Uninstall.
  5. Click Yes if asked to confirm the action.
  6. Go to the Steam download page and click on Install Steam.

Uninstalling Steam will not delete your game files. You can continue from where you left off after reinstalling Steam. However, if reinstalling Steam did not resolve the issue, consider reinstalling PUBG.

Before reinstalling PUBG we would recommend that you wait for the game developer’s to release a patch that may fix the bug.

The PUBG  failed to initialize Steam error can occur due to corrupted game files or permission issues. Follow all the steps in this article one by one to resolve the issue in Windows.


FAQ: Learn more about PUBG

  • What is PUBG?

PUBG is a 3D Battle-Royale game where 100 players compete on an island scavenging weapons and killing each other until there is only one left.

  • Can I play PUBG with a VPN?

Yes, you can use VPNs to connect to PUBG servers all around the world. Check out this list for the best PUBG VPNs.

  • If PUBG free?

Unfortunately, the only free version of PUBG is the mobile one for Android and iOS. However, you can play it on PC if you use this PUBG emulator.