Fix Red Dead Redemption 2: Verifying Game Ownership Failed

Last Updated on December 4, 2022

Verifying Game Ownership Failed – Okay, after the miserable decrypting of the game and wasting a lot of time. I started getting this “Verifying Game Ownership Failed” error. I bought the game, so I do own it. This wasn’t very pleasant, and I tried looking around for a fix.

Let’s find out if there’s a fix or not.

Fix Verifying Game Ownership Failed

Error while launching the game

I tried doing a few things to fix this issue; it’s related to licensing and the Rockstar Games launcher. After doing all this, I could launch my game without any problem.

Click here if you are facing lagging issues in RDR2

Start with logging in and out of the Rockstar Games launcher, this seems to have fixed the issue for some users.

Verify Game Files

Whenever any error pops out for a game, you should first verify the game files using the game launcher. Almost every launcher nowadays has the option to verify and download files.

Delete Social Club Files and Reinstall Launcher

Immediate Fix: This worked for me. Go to Rockstart Launcher Settings > Account Information > Delete Local Profile.

  • Head to the official website of Social Club to verify if the site is working or not
  • Redownload Social Club/Launcher and install it from the official download link
  • Try logging in and launching the game; if the issue is still there, continue reading
  • Go to the Social Club Installation Folder: C:/Users/YourUsername/Documents/Rockstar Games/Red Dead Redemption 2/Profiles/Profilename/pc_settings.bin
  • Now delete the pc_settings.bin file.
  • Go to Rockstar launcher settings > Account Information > Delete Local Profile
  • Open ” C:/Users/YourUsername/Documents/” and delete the “Social Club” Folder.

This will remove any conflicting files or installations.

These are the things that I did to fix my issue. Hopefully, it works out for you too.

The issues can also be related to server load. If too many people try to access the game simultaneously, problems will happen. I advise you to wait or contact Rockstar Games if the issue isn’t fixed.

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Written by Vikas

Hey, I am Vikas. I've had a longstanding passion for computing and gaming for over a decade now. With a computer science degree under my belt sparking my initial interest in the industry from a young age, you'll often find me immersed for hours in the latest PC titles, especially enjoying multiplayer online games, while also enjoying sharing my insights and reviews. My work has been featured on IGN, Kotaku, MSN and Forbes to name a few. In my spare time, I read books and play with my cats. You can read more about me here. My favorite games are Destiny 2, Warframe, COD Cold War, and Minecraft.

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5 thoughts on “Fix Red Dead Redemption 2: Verifying Game Ownership Failed”

  1. Afternoon hope all is well. i’m having a seperate issue to what you guys have posted so far. i click on play & the game begins to load. as soon as i get to the screen with 2 shotgun shells, the game crashes saying “error, red dead redemption 2 has exited unexpectedly”. do you guys have any tips on resolving this please? best regards

  2. Holy crap, thank you. I was so pissed for 30mins. Just deleting local files or what-have-you through Social Club fixed it. You are an angel, live a happy and full life.


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