As the title says, the game will freeze within a second after launching the game from Steam (Click play, ESO launcher pops up, click Play, crash) and an error report will come up. Running the game from within the game folder as an administrator however launches the game fine. The issue for me is that Steam doesn't register that I'm playing ESO with this method and doesn't track my time played, etc.
Me and a guild mate are both suffering from the same crash so I wonder if it is more widespread than I thought. My thoughts are that the launcher itself has an issue, as I am still able to directly launch the game with no problems if I bypass Steam/ESO launcher.