Hai everybody, Today we are with yet another tricky solution. This time, it is related to an error that you may have seen after installation. Probable after game installation, you try to open it, an error message with title “Fatal Error” and body as “Steam must be running to play this game“. Actually this error was noticed by Brian Cooper from Nigeria. Within in hours, our team had found the reason and gave him the solution. Please have a look at what Brian messaged to firstandgeek.
Hai firstandgeek team,
I am Brian a game addict from Nigeria. Last day, I had met with an error message with content as “Steam must be running to play this game” while opening Call of Duty – Black Ops 1. The secret is that, it is a cracked version by Skidrow team. I got this from my friend and there is no issue with my friend to play this game. I had reinstalled the game three times and still getting this same Fatal error every time I open the game. I have 4 GB of RAM and 2 GB of Nvidia Graphics card. Please give me a suggestion or solution. I had searched a lot and didn’t get and didn’t got any satisfactory answered. Here I am attaching the screenshot of all the files that I have with the game. I believe nothing is lost or damaged. Looking to hear from you.
What is Steam game service?
Steam is an online digital distribution platform under the control of Valve Corporation which aims better user experience for game addicts. Steam service is filled with more than 3,500 games, using this service, the user can easily install, update and share their achievements. This service is very useful when you are about to play a game which have online multiplayer supports.
The official website declared that, there are nearly 100 million people in the Steam Community among which you can make matches and share achievements. It was initially developed to work with Microsoft Windows platform and later expanded the service to Mac OS, Linux and for gaming consoles.
Steam Fatal Error Solution for games with valid activation
Suppose if you are getting this error for a genuine version of game, you need to run the steam service as mentioned in the error message. Sometimes normal running of steam service result in this issue. So try running team with administrator privilege. If you forgot to run the service as administrator every time, here is a small tip.
- Right Click on Screen Shortcut.
- Choose properties.
- Click Compatibility.
- The tick the Check box for “Run as administrator”.
This trick had worked for many genuine game players using original and purchased games.
How to Solve Steam must be running to play this game for Skidrow cracked games?
Here in the above case, for games cracked by Skidrow team, you only need to copy the cracked files to the installation folder of the game. Here Brian had send e some screenshots and I am using it below.
Here is the game folder send by Brian.
In that game folder, there is a folder named SKIDROW. Actually this folder contains the crack of this game and the patch file to avoid checking steam connection. So you need to copy those files and place it in the Installation folder. Then a prompt as whether replace the existing files or cancel the copy. You need to replace the existing files.
Here is the steps in brief
- Locate the SKIDROW patch files inside your game.
- Copy the files and replace it with the files inside installation folder.
If you don’t have the skidrow patches with your game, go and download it from internet. After applying the files to the installation folder, the checking for Steam get disabled and you won’t see the “Steam must be running to play this game” anymore. If you have any doubts or clarification needed, kindly comment below. We are happy to help you.