This guide will allow you to skip the stupid launcher while still launching the game through steam. If you just double-click the Victoria 3.exe, it will skip the launcher, but steam will not track your progress, achievements, hours played, etc.
How to Bypass the Launcher
2. Navigate to properties>local files>browse – this will pull up your V3 game directory.
3. Click “Binaries” and right-click on the Victoria3 application
4. Select “Copy as Path”
5. Go back to Steam and right-click the game again to get back to properties (just as before)
6. Paste (Ctrl+V) that path into launch options under the general tab
7. After pasting, type %command%
It should look like this below, except your game directory location will be different, of course.
“D:\SteamLibrary\steamapps\common\Victoria 3\binaries\victoria3.exe” %command%
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