I am big fan of open world sandbox games such as Rust. Even though the game has changed so many times during past years, anyway I’ve decided to give it a try once again and play with my friends during the winter holidays. After installing the game on Steam I tried to launch it but immediately after I press launch button the screen goes black and then the windows system error appears saying that steam_api.dll is missing from my computer and I need to reinstall the application. I’ve reinstalled the game couple of times, but it didn’t help at all. I even wrote to the steam support and they told me that there is nothing wrong with the game.
Definitely the error was not related with the game, but with my computer, to be more precise with my Windows 10 64 bit operating system. I was thinking that maybe I got attacked by some virus that corrupted important system files. Anyway after spending a night googling for solution I found that many people having steam_api.dll is missing error not only Rust, but also in other games on Steam. There is no point describing why the steam_api.dll is missing error can appear, since there are lots of reasons for that. The most important is the solution for steam_api.dll is missing error, which is simpler than I thought. I just had to download steam_api.dll file (http://fix4dll.com/steam_api_dll) and install it by following the instructions on the website. After that I just rebooted my computer and Rust was launched normally, without any errors.
Hope this will help you to fix steam_api.dll is missing error in Rust or any other game. Enjoy the game and don’t forget to share this guide.