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How to fix Scum fatal error?

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Modern games are no less than works of art. However, they also required stronger than-ever systems to run properly and, even then, can run into random bugs and errors. 

In this article, we’re talking about the fatal error in the game Scum, its reasons, and what you can do to fix the problem.

What causes this error?

A missing core file usually causes the error. Other common reasons include the following:

  • Corrupt game files.
  • Outdated game version. 
  • Outdated GPU drivers. 
  • Corrupt game save files. 

Also read: Steam Cloud Error: 8 fixes

How to fix this?

Here are seven fixes you can try out. 

Restart your PC

This step should be at the top of your troubleshooting list. Restarting your PC can fix seemingly random issues, including any fatal errors in Scum.

Restart your router

Restarting your router can help eliminate any unseen network or connectivity issues you may face. You have to turn off your router, wait a bit, and then turn it back on again. 

Restart your game

One of the easiest ways to fix the problem is to restart the game simply. Restarting games and programs often resolves temporary bugs that can cause crashes or connectivity issues. Once the game is stopped completely (you can verify this using the Task Manager), relaunch it using Steam, and it should work just fine. 

Update GPU drivers

Outdated GPU drivers can also cause issues like this one. While you should update all your drivers, take special care of your display drivers if you run into an error like this. 

Step 1: Right-click Start and select Device Manager from the menu.

Step 2: Under Display Adaptors, find your graphics card’s name, right-click on it and click on Update Drivers.

Step 3: Click on Search automatically for drivers. Windows will automatically look for and download the latest drivers for your particular GPU.

While this should help resolve the error, if it doesn’t, click Uninstall device and restart your PC to force Windows to install the required drivers. You can then update them later. Alternatively, you can also remove your GPU and reinsert it if you can. 

Verify Game Files

Corrupted game files can often lead to issues like this, not just in Scum but in other games. Luckily, Steam has a built-in feature that verifies your game files and reinstalls any files that might be damaged. Follow these steps.

Step 1: Head over to your Steam Library, right-click on Scum and select Properties.

Step 2: Head over to the Local Files tab.

Step 3: Click on Verify integrity of local files… and let Steam do its thing. The issue should be fixed.

This should get the game back up and running again. 

Delete your existing save files

The game saves its progress tracking files in the following directory.


Navigate to the directory above and delete all files. Now head back to Steam and restart the game to see if it works. 


If checking game files didn’t work out, your best bet is to delete the game from Steam and reinstall it from scratch. Ensure to overwrite your game save with the new installation, as corrupt saved files can also cause this issue. 

Also read: How to fix Steam error: This item is currently unavailable in your region?

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here:

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