Steam Game Launches Then Closes: 7 Ways to Fix it

Explore tested solutions to fix Steam errors in no time

by Matthew Adams
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  • When the Steam game launches then closes, it might be an issue related to the game's cache.
  • Check the game's system requirements before jumping into any troubleshooting solution.
  • Then, update your graphics card driver in order to solve any software incompatibility between the game and the driver.
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Some Steam users have reported on the Steam forum that some games instantly close on loading screens.

Consequently, the games aren’t starting for them. Also, it happens that the Steam game launches and then closes with no error message.

Why does my game keep closing on Steam?

The Steam game keeps crashing issue can be caused by a plethora of reasons, but the most common ones are the following:

  • Game integrity – Sometimes, specific files can become damaged or corrupted during the installation process of an application or game. In this case, you will have to reinstall the game altogether.
  • Third-party antivirus software – Antiviruses are known to interfere with applications that they wrongly deem as harmful. Such might be the case with the Steam games keep crashing error in Windows 11. You may want to change to a better antivirus that won’t cause issues.
  • Outdated graphics driversDriver updates to resolve issues with compatibility and security, as well as errors and faulty code, and they can even occasionally add functionality to the underlying hardware. Thus when one driver is outdated, it can cause problems across applications and games.
  • ClientRegistry.blob – ClientRegistry.blob is the file that Steam uses to store the registration data of the games that you have installed on your computer. Sometimes, the file can get corrupted and thus affect Steam games.

Follow along to find out what to do to fix the Steam preparing to launch, then nothing happens.

How do I fix a Steam game that keeps crashing on startup?

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Before following the solutions below, make sure to check out the following aspects:

  • Check the game’s system requirements to ensure your PC supports it.
  • Temporarily disable your antivirus or add your game to its whitelist.

1. Update the graphics card driver

1.1 Update it manually

  1. Right-click the Start icon, then select Device Manager.device-manager bluetooth won't turn on windows 10
  2. Expand the Display adapters folder, right-click your graphics card, and select Update driver.update-driver-w10 amd driver install problems
  3. Select the Search automatically for drivers option then reboot your PC once the process steam game launches then closes

1.2 Update it automatically

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2. Delete ClientRegistry.blob

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If you are running a new version of Steam, you won’t find the ClientRegistry.blob because Steam doesn’t use it anymore.
  1. Open File Explorer by pressing Windows + E, then go to the Steam folder. The location will usually be: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steamsteam-location steam game launches then closes
  2. Next, find the ClientRegistry.blob file, right-click it, and select Delete or the Bin icon.delete-steam-file steam game launches then closes

Games might not run if Steam’s ClientRegistry.blob file is corrupted. As such, deleting a corrupted ClientRegistrty.blob file is another potential resolution for Steam games that instantly close upon launch.

Remember that you’ll also lose local Steam settings after deleting that file. 

3. Run the game in Compatibility Mode

  1. Press Windows, type Steam, then select the Open file location option under the steam game launches then closes
  2. Right-click Steam and select Properties.steam-prop steam game launches then closes
  3. Here, navigate to the Compatibility tab and select Run this program in compatibility mode for, followed by Windows 8, from the drop-down menu. Then, click the Apply and OK buttons to save the new setting.compatibility-w8 steam game launches then closes
  4. Then open Steam to relaunch the game.

Note: Running it in compatibility mode might fix the issue if it’s a slightly older game title. Compatibility mode runs software with settings from a previous Windows platform. 

4. Verify the game’s cache

Verifying game caches can fix corrupted game files. As such, this might be a potential fix for Steam games that instantly close when you run them.

1. Open Steam, then right-click the game you are having issues with and select Properties.

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2. Click the Local Files tab, which includes four options. Then select the Verify Integrity Of Game Files option to validate the cache.

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5. Delete the appcache folder

  1. Open File Explorer by pressing Windows + E, then go to the Steam folder. The location will usually be: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steamsteam-location steam game launches then closes
  2. Next, find the appcache folder, right-click it and select Delete or the Bin icon.appcache-delete steam game launches then closes
  3. Then relaunch Steam as an administrator by pressing Windows, typing steam, and selecting Run as administrator under the result on the right.steam-admin steam game launches then closes

In Windows, applications receive additional rights when run with the administrator account. This grants them the ability to make changes to the system files, update the registry, and access other areas that are typically off-limits.

Some readers suggested cutting the internet connectivity completely before running the game. This, of course, is only a temporary solution.

Also, restart your PC and listen for any unusual beeping from your motherboard. In that case, the GPU or CPU are overheating and you should address the problem quickly.

The above solutions will fix the Steam causing PC to crash issue in Windows 10 as well as 11. But for more methods, you can check out our guide on what to do if Steam games won’t launch.

If you have further questions about the resolutions, or perhaps even your own fixes, please post them below.