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I'm using the first, accepted answer to this question to have Steam as an Environment on Login.

Steam itself works fine, but when I attempt to start a game, the screen turns black and I have to restart LightDM service to be able to login again...

How do I launch a game when there's no Desktop Environment running, just LightDM and Steam in BigPicture mode?

I've tried to start DotA2 and Super Hexagon, but both times the screen turns black.

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You need have a window manager running. If you don't know how, there's a project for what you want to do: steam big picture xsession

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Steam Login will launch you directly into BPM and also reduce overhead on your processor.

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