The rise in popularity of Splitgate has coincided with rising reports of errors, and the Splitgate EQU8 initialisation and anti-cheat error is one such example. The Beta for this game has proved so popular that the developers have had enormous challenges building capacity on the servers, and making them more stable, in an effort to reduce player wait-times and frustration.
But another day brings another challenge, and this time, we'll be taking a look at the impressively long-named EQU8 initialisation and anti-cheat error. While it doesn't roll off the tongue, it does prevent players from launching Splitgate. Let's take a look at what you can do about it.
How to fix Splitgate EQU8 Initialisation and Anti-Cheat Error
Anti-cheat issues aren't unique to Splitgate. Anti-cheat software, is as the name suggests, intended to ensure an equal playing field, or at the very least, that players don't acquire unfair advantages through nefarious means. But sometimes errors arise even when you haven't done anything naughty. Here are some suggested fixes, should you be hit with this error.
- The first thing to try is to verify the integrity of your game files. To do this, Steam advise the following:
- Restart your computer and launch Steam
- From a game's library page, select Manage > Properties.
- Select the Local files tab and click the Verify integrity of game files... button.
- Steam will verify the game's files - this process may take several minutes.
- Make sure Windows is fully up to date
- Grant administrator privileges to the EQU8 software.
- You can then try running the game through files, rather than via Steam. Alternatively, if you usually launch the game via your desktop or taskbar, try running it through Steam instead.
- Make sure your anti-virus isn't blocking the anti-cheat software.
- If all else fails, consider uninstalling then reinstalling Splitgate, in case a corrupted file is causing the problem.
What causes this issue?
The specific causes of this problem are, as yet, unclear. A lot of issues that have been effecting Splitgate in recent times are due to problems with the servers struggling to support the volume of players. So it's possible that this error is linked to server issues. But the developers have been working extremely hard to improve stability and build capacity on that front.
Anti-cheat errors more generally, tend to be caused by the following:
- Missing system files
- Corrupted files
- Anti-virus software
- Other programs on your computer interfering with the anti-cheat software.
Hopefully, this is just a short-term problem that will resolve itself as the developers continue to improve the game. But in the meantime, these are your best options.