PUBG Failed to Initialize Steam [SOLVED]

The most addicting game nowadays is PUBG (Player Unknown’s Battleground). PUBG is a multiplayer game that is played online. This game PUBG runs on various platforms such as windows, Xbox, PlayStation, and Android. Many users of PUBG are getting an error that is PUBG Failed to Initialize Steam.

Getting PUBG Failed to Initialize Steam Error while playing your game is the most annoying and disturbing thing because it does not let you play the game smoothly. If you are having this trouble and want to figure out the reason and solution, Read the article completely.

How to Fix PUBG Failed to Initialize Steam

The reason behind this error may vary from person to person. It could be due to problems in steam, and it could be due to if PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds was not correctly installed or there may be other reasons such as permitted permissions or outdated graphic drivers. The following are some solutions to fix the PUBG failed to Initialize Steam Error.

Solution 1 ⇒ Disabling Administrative Power

Disabling administrative power is one of the most effective solutions for removing the error PUBG Failed to Initialize Steam. The following are the steps to go through to disable administrative power.

Administrative privileges are special permission to make changes in the operating system. These are often required to run the game smoothly, but in this case, they may be interfering with the functioning of the game.

Step 1 ⇒ First of all, go to the given address. You will be directed to the place where the steam was installed.

C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\ or C:\Program Files\Steam\

Step 2 ⇒ After going to the Steam directory:


Step 3 ⇒ Now, locate the “Tslgame.exe” file there and right-click on it. Then, select Properties.

Step 4 ⇒ At last,  go to the Compatibility tab and uncheck Run as an Administrator.’

Solution 2 ⇒ Restarting Steam

Steam provides video game digital distribution service, which is developed by Valve. As this error ‘PUBG failed to initialize, the steam’ occurs in those PC which has installed the PUBG game through steam. If the error is due to steam, it is best to restart the steam. To restart the steam, follow the given instructions.

Step 1 ⇒ Firstly, close the game. On the right-click, the taskbar to open task manager.

Step 2 ⇒ Secondly, within the tab of the task manager, go to Processes Tab.

Step 3 ⇒ Now, look for any Steam and TslGame process and end it.

Restart Steam again and open your game to see the problem of initializing steam exists or not.

If this doesn’t work, restart your computer by clicking on restart/reboot option then open your game.

Solution 3 ⇒ Update Your Driver

If the solutions given above are not working for you and you still have the error, you can try for this solution. You need to update the graphics processing unit [GPU], driver. If the drivers are outdated game does not run smoothly, and the performance of the game gets affected; in that case, it is necessary to update the driver.

There are two ways to update the drivers

  1. From your device manager
  2. From the manufactures website.

Both the ways are given below:

From your device manager:

Use the method given below to update the driver using device manager

Step 1 ⇒ At first, open the control panel and search device manager. Then, double click on the device manager to open it.

Step 2 ⇒ Now, go to Display Adapters, right-click on your Graphics Card and choose Update Driver Software.

Step 3 ⇒ Then click on “Search automatically for updated driver software.

Your computer will automatically update the driver. Check if the error is fixed or not.

From the manufactures website:

The latest drivers for the update are present on the manufacturer’s sites. Two of them recommended are:

  2. AMD

Go to a suitable website and download the driver from there. After the driver is updated, check for the error playing the PUBG game.

Solution 4 ⇒ Verifying Game Integrity

Sometimes your game files may get broken or corrupted. Due to which problems in playing the game arises, it is good to check and verify game integrity. In that case, you can verify your game integrity through steam. To verify the game integrity through steam, use the steps given below:

Step 1 ⇒ First of all, open the Steam and go to the Library section.

Step 2 ⇒ After that, find PUBG and right-click on it. Click on Properties from the dropdown menu.

Step 3 ⇒ Then, choose the Local Files tab and click on Verify integrity of game files.

Step 4 ⇒  Wait till it completes your game files verification; it will take a few minutes.

After the overall process of verification is completed, check by running the game if the error is fixed or not.

Solution 5 ⇒ Reinstalling Steam

This is the last method you should try if the above solutions do not resolve your error. Reinstalling steam will fix all your problems, and you will have a better gaming experience of playing PUBG.

To reinstall the steam, you have first to uninstall it and then install it from the steam website. To reinstall the steam following steps should be followed:

Step 1 ⇒ Start by pressing Windows + R. A dialog box will appear type “appwiz.cpl” in the dialogue box and press Enter.

Step 2 ⇒ The application manager will open, search Steam in the application manager.  Right-click steam and select Uninstall, It will uninstall steam from your PC.

Step 3 ⇒ Afterwards, restart the computer, and then go to the steam website Install steam from there.

Step 4 ⇒ After the installation is completed, restart your computer. Then log in to your account, verify your identity.

Step 5  Finally, install the PUBG game and try to run the game on your PC.



These are the five solutions to fix the PUBG Failed to Initialize Steam error. Read them carefully and select the solution which suits you best. I hope after applying the above solution, and you have a better gaming experience.