How to fix “unable to verify game ownership” in Minecraft Dungeons

Minecraft Dungeons is a great game. Mojang’s first real venture outside of Minecraft was quite successful. The gameplay, the new seasonal model, and the fact that the developers used mobs and much-requested but still missing Minecraft items (emerald armor) were well received. It was a big hit and part of why Mojang decided to venture out and try it again with Minecraft Legends.

However, despite all its wonderful features and dedicated player base, it’s not a perfect game. Glitches and bugs come into play and can be hard to get rid of.

An error that Minecraft Dungeons players regularly encounter is “unable to verify game ownership”, which is often attributed to those who play the game without owning it. It does, however, appear at incorrect times. Here’s what to do if this error appears and how to try to fix it.

Unable to verify game ownership: What to do for common Minecraft Dungeons error message

Minecraft Dungeons has errors and will likely have more as long as it’s played. Mojang sends out patches and updates to fix issues, but sometimes they don’t work.

However, as of now, there is no permanent fix from Mojang for this particular issue. This will persist even if players find a way to mitigate the issue right now.

The first way to try and fix this problem is to check for updates. If the game is not completely up to date, players may have issues with different things including game ownership.

This varies by platform. On consoles like Xbox or Nintendo Switch, updates can be installed automatically. Switch users are often prompted to run the update before they can open the game.

Xbox and PlayStation users can check their updates page. Here’s how to do it on a computer:

  1. Click Start.
  2. Go to Settings.
  3. Click on the Update & Security tab.
  4. Click to download the update if there is one.

The second troubleshooting method is to remove and reinstall the game. Game ownership is tracked by the console. Even though some consoles, like the Xbox, have game sharing capabilities, game ownership is important.

Minecraft Dungeons (Image via Mojang)
Minecraft Dungeons (Image via Mojang)

Removing it and reinstalling it is pretty much the same on any platform. The store will have it after the removal and if players really own the game, they will have no problem reinstalling it. Otherwise, they may have to buy it.

Minecraft Dungeons players can also use the tried and true method of restarting the game or device. Sometimes devices become faulty and need to be turned off for a minute to be recalibrated. The same can be said for a game or an application.

These issues are not guaranteed and may not work at all. Much of troubleshooting technical issues is just trial and error and sometimes it will work.

If the problem persists, contacting Mojang or waiting for an official update/fix may be the only way forward.

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Edited by Sijo Samuel Paul

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