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Fissionary Jan 8, 2013 @ 11:29am
Dear Esther crashes on start.
So I start the game, I get the developer logo, and then there's a black screen, and this message box pops up:

Steam Authentication Error:
The Steam service was not detected, please make sure you’re are running Steam before running the game.
I click Ok, and the application ends. This is really confusing to me, because I'm starting the game directly from the Steam client.
I've deleted the game and re-downloaded, and the error persists. Did anyone else encounter this bug? Should I ask for a refund, or there is an easy way of fixing it?
Last edited by Fissionary; Jan 8, 2013 @ 12:24pm
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Raltsor Mar 6, 2013 @ 12:26pm 
i have the same issue. Have you been able to get the game running?
Mandais Mar 7, 2013 @ 9:03am 
Yeah, same here. Also, whenever I click on it in my library, Steam instantly crashes. It won't even make it to the typical game page.
Jownation Apr 4, 2013 @ 6:58pm 
Hey, so... this happens to me too. I reinstalled Dear Esther and it didn't help.
This hasn't happened with any of the other games I've tried.
@JashinFanatic May 30, 2013 @ 3:40pm 
Bump, I'm having the same problem right now
haybale May 30, 2013 @ 6:14pm 
try restarting steam, worked for me after that.
xantxant Aug 4, 2013 @ 10:40pm 
Restarting steam did not work.
Slowboy71 Apr 23, 2014 @ 1:57pm 
Same as any other game on Steam then. Honestly, I have about 40 games, and about 3 of them ran first time, every other one has untold authentication/steam not running/plain not starting issues.
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