Gray Zone Warfare poster from the official trailer.
Image via Madfinger Games

How to Fix Gray Zone Warfare ‘Could Not Locate the Game Binary’ Error

Here's how to fix the 'could not locate the game binary' error in Gray Zone Warfare and why it happens when you attempt to launch the game.

There are two primary reasons that you may experience the ‘Could Not Locate the Game Binary’ error when attempting to install or launch Gray Zone Warfare. This is because software that is supposed to protect you is improperly flagging important game files, thus preventing the game from installing or running properly. Here’s how to fix Gray Zone Warfare‘s ‘Could Not Locate the Game Binary’ error so you can get back to gaming.

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How to Fix ‘Could Not Locate the Game Binary’ Error in Gray Zone Warfare

Using the kit in-game during the promotional trailer for Gray Zone Warfare.
Image via Madfinger Games

The ‘Could Not Locate the Game Binary’ error typically happens when your antivirus software flags the GZWClientSteam-Win64-Shipping.exe file as a virus because it’s establishing a separate secure connection to the server, and your antivirus thinks it is a back door.

Furthermore, your antivirus might label the GZWClientEAC.exe file as a virus. This could lead to you being kicked out of the game with a ‘Cheat Detected’ message, even if you’re not engaging in any malicious activity. The reason for this is that the GZWClientEAC.exe is the Anti-Cheat platform used by Madfinger Games. If a program outside of the game modifies it, you may be flagged as a cheater, even if you’re not.

Here’s how to fix the ‘Could Not Locate the Game Binary’ error in Gray Zone Warfare:

  1. Shut down your game
  2. Whitelist the following files in your antivirus software:
    • C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\Steamapps \common\gray zone warfare\GZW /Binaries/ Win64 /GZWClientSteam-Win64-Shipping.exe
    • C:\Program Files (x86)\steamapps\common\Gray Zone Warfare\GZW\Binaries\Win64\GZWClientSteam-Win64-Shipping.exe
  3. Reboot your computer
  4. Launch Gray Zone Warfare

If whitelisting these executables doesn’t work, it’s recommended you check the quarantine section of your antivirus software. If there, you must remove them from the quarantine list so the antivirus software will automatically put the files back in the correct game folder. After that, the whitelisting you performed above should work as expected.

Now that you know how to fix Gray Zone Warfare ‘Could Not Locate the Game Binary’ error, you’ll be in the action in no time! Check out our Gray Zone Warfare hub for additional error fix guides, like how to fix Network Error Occurred (0x00010003), should you or your friends run into any additional issues when attempting to play.


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