Destiny 2 "problem reading game content" error on Steam

Getting the "problem reading game content" error when launching Destiny 2 on Steam? Here's how to fix it.


Destiny 2 is now available on Steam, which means players who haven't picked the game up before on, might be picking it up from Valve's digital storefront. Unfortunately, it looks like some players have begun to run into a "problem reading game content" error when launching Destiny 2 from Steam. Thankfully, we know just how to fix it.

Destiny 2 "problem reading game content" error on Steam

If you're running into the "problem reading game content" message when trying to launch Destiny 2 on Steam, but don't worry, we know how to fix it. To fix the issue, though, you're going to need to first locate your game folder. This is where you installed Destiny 2 onto your hard drive. Depending on how you've set up your Steam library (some users have multiple libraries across several different drives), this folder could be a bit difficult to locate. Because of this, the easiest way to find it is to head into the Steam client and locate Destiny 2 on your game list. 

Now, open up the Properties for the game by right-clicking on it and select the last option at the bottom of the list. This should bring up a new window with several tabs. The tab you're looking for is Local Files. Navigate to Local Files and then look for the Browse Local Files option and select it to open up your Destiny 2 game directory. Of special note, if for any reason, you aren't comfortable deleting game files, then be sure to reach out to the official Bungie support team for more assistance.

Destiny 2 problem reading game content error on Steam
Destiny 2 players have been encountering a "problem reading game content" error on Steam.

Like doing things the old-school way? You can navigate to your Steam\steamapps\common\Destiny 2 folder to find the file you need to delete.

This will take you directly to the folder where Destiny 2 is installed. Once you locate the game files, you're going to want to look for the file labeled steam_appid.txt. When you have found this file, go ahead and delete it. Close out of the game files folder, and then launch Destiny 2 again. It should launch without any issues after doing so. You'll also want to ensure that you're not running Destiny 2 in Administrator mode, according to Bungie. 

If you're still running into issues, you can always reach out to @BungieHelp or head over to the official Destiny 2 support site on

Still running into issues like the weasel error or the tapir error code? We can also help out with those. Furthermore, you can head over to our complete Destiny 2 strategy guide for a plethora of great Destiny-focused content and guides.

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