GTA 5 data initialization error – what to do?

Users of licensed and pirated versions of GTA 5 very often see a message with the problem “Data initialization error”. There may be several reasons for this problem, and one of them is the blocking of Rockstar Games services in the Russian Federation. One of the first steps to take is to install a VPN service. If it still doesn’t work, there is one more simple procedure to follow.

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How to fix data initialization error in GTA 5?

The whole problem is that you are launching a Rockstar Games product without first launching their client. You need to install (or just manually open) the Rockstar Games Launcher. Then run GTA 5 through the game client Epic Launcher or Steam. Definitely not from the shortcut on the desktop. Should work.

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