If Civilization VI is locking up for you while loading, there’s an easy fix.

Civilization VI has had a pretty smooth launch, with just some minor issues popping up here and there. But there is one pretty annoying bug that’s been reported a few places – the game sometimes takes forever to load, or doesn’t load at all. If you’ve encountered this annoying issue, here’s some good news: it’s easy to fix.

Apparently the issue arises because of a conflict with anti-virus programs – specifically Windows Defender on Windows 10. One option would be to disable the program, but that’s not recommended – especially if Windows Defender is your only anti-virus protection.

Instead of turning it off, you can just add an exception for Civ VI. Here’s how you do it:

  • Click Start, then choose Settings > Update & Security > Windows Defender
  • Scroll down until see “Exclusions”
  • Click “Add an Exclusion” and then “Exclude a Folder”
  • Make your way to your Civ VI folder and exclude it. The typical folder will be C:Program Files (x86)SteamsteamappscommonSid Meier’s Civilization VI

That’s it! If you’ve been having this issue, these steps should alleviate the problem. If you’re having other issues with Civ VI, let us know what they are in the forums!

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