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You may be able to resolve missing or corrupted .dll errors by downloading and installing steam_api.dll.
"steam_api.dll" is a dynamic link library (DLL) file that is part of the Steam client application developed by Valve Corporation. The Steam client is a digital distribution platform for video games that allows users to purchase, download, and play games on their computer. The "steam_api.dll" file is used by game developers to integrate their games with the Steam platform, specifically to access the Steam API, which provides various services such as authentication, user profiles, game stats, and cloud storage. The file is required by many video games that use the Steamworks API, which is a set of tools and services provided by Valve for game developers to integrate with the Steam platform. When a game is launched, it may use the "steam_api.dll" file to verify the user's ownership of the game, download updates, and access cloud storage. The file also provides other functions related to the Steam API, including user authentication, Steam overlay, and achievements. If you encounter an error message related to "steam_api.dll," it may indicate that the file is missing, corrupted, or not installed properly. In such cases, you may need to reinstall the affected game or the Steam client to restore the missing file. It is worth noting that some antivirus software may flag the "steam_api.dll" file as a potential threat, as it can be used to modify the behavior of video games. However, this file is an integral part of the Steam client and is not a virus or malware. If you encounter such warnings, you can usually ignore them or add the file to the list of exceptions in your antivirus software.