Fix Football Manager (FM) 22 Unable To Initialize Steam API Error

Unable to initialize Steam API error is an error that many players playing Football Manager 22 (FM 22) are facing. So in case you are also one of them and looking for a fix, then you are at the right place.

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Football Manager 2022 is a very interesting football management simulator, which allows you to manage a football club and it is developed by Sports Interactive and published by Sega. The game has been released on Windows, Mac OS, Linux, and all the major console  platforms. Many people all over the world play the FM 22 by Sports Interactive. It has received many positive reviews. With tons of features, the players can feel highly realistic experience. However, despite of all good things in this game, if you are playing FM 22, then you might have come across various problems while playing it. In this article, I will be discussing a very prominent error that comes up while trying to access FM 22, which is “Unable to initialize Steam API” error. If you are also facing this error and want to know how to fix it, then continue reading further to know more about it.

How To Fix FM 22 Unable To Initialize Steam API Error

You might have gotten the Steam API Error before. It usually happens when people download games from places other than Steam. If you got the game from Steam, the problem might be that your antivirus program or Windows security is not letting Steam do what it needs to do to launch the game. To fix it, you need to allow Steam through your antivirus program and Windows security. Here’s how:

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Whishlist FM 22 and Steam In Your Antivirus Software:

If you are getting the Unable to Initialize Steam API Error, then this means that your antivirus software is blocking Football Manager 22. We will now show you how to fix this problem. First, check if your antivirus software is blocking Football Manager 22:

  • Open Antivirus Software such as Norton, Avast, AVG or Malwarebytes or similar.
  • Press Settings > Whitelist.
  • Type in Football Manager 22 (or FM22) and click Add.

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Add FM 22 and Steam In Allowed Apps In Windows Security:

If you don’t have installed an Antivirus program and still your computer is not letting you play Football Manager 22 or use Steam, Windows Security might be the causing the issue.

To fix it, you need to follow below steps. Here’s how:

  • Open Windows Settings and go to Update & Security and then click on Windows Security.
  • Go to the Virus and threat Protection option and click Manage Ransomware protection and then open Allow an App through Controlled Folder Access.
  • Now click on Add an Allowed Apps then Browse all Apps and Open the game installation folder and select FM 22 launcher and Steam Launcher.
  • Now you have done it.

Final Words

If you were able to fix your problem, we would appreciate it if you could share this article with others who may be experiencing the same issue. We hope that this guide was helpful! As always, if there are any questions or comments about this article or our other guides, feel free to drop us a line in the comments below.

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