Fixed: CS:GO “App Already Running” Error on Steam

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It is necessary to have Steam running in order to play any game that has been downloaded. However, users have complained that they keep getting the “Failed to start game (app already running)” error while using CS:GO.

To avoid encountering this error again, our resident gamers listed all the methods in this guide: 

How to Fix the Steam "App Already Running" Error

Fix #1: Close the Game Using Task Manager

This method will force your game to close if it has crashed silently or is “hanging.”

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Fix #2: Opt-Out of the Current Steam Beta

If you’re in the Steam beta [1], you could try opting out to see if the error goes away.

Fix #3: Verify Integrity of the Game Files

If you get the “App Already Running” error after installing a new game on Steam, it’s likely that the game’s installation files were damaged or lost. 

To fix this problem, you can use Steam’s built-in tool to check the integrity of a game’s files.

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With these steps above, you should be able to get CS:GO running normally again.

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Matthew Paxton
Matthew Paxton
Mathew has nursed a love of video games since childhood. Now, as an adult, he enjoys playing challenging games as much as he enjoys relating with other gamers. Matthew created Hypernia to give gamers like himself accurate and reliable information about games, servers, communication protocols, and much more.

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