Bypassing 2K Launcher in Steam for Civilization VI

The 2K launcher broke down for my friend and I today and we are unable to run my Civilization VI game from Steam. This is so annoying. Why do they have to package in a launcher for Steam, it is just an extra and unnecessary in starting the game. Thankfully, Reddit has the answer but theirs is based on the older Steam version. Here’s what we had done to resolve the issue by skipping the launcher and running the client straight from Steam.

  1. In your Steam Library list, right-click on Civilization VI
  2. From the pull down menu, select Properties
  3. Under General, enter the game exe path in the Launch Options field
Launch Options

The default path should be the following for DX11 – “C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Sid Meier’s Civilization VI\Base\Binaries\Win64Steam\CivilizationVI.exe” %command%

The default path should be the following for DX12 – “C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Sid Meier’s Civilization VI\Base\Binaries\Win64Steam\CivilizationVI_DX12.exe” %command%

If the path does not work, try replacing Program File (x86) with Games. Your path will look something like this – “C:\Games\Steam\steamapps\common\Sid Meier’s Civilization VI\Base\Binaries\Win64Steam\CivilizationVI_DX12.exe” %command%


Please game companies, stop making dumb and useless game launchers that just crash or go nuts. We can’t even play the games properly because of that.