Non-steam games can't write config

For some reason, any non-steam game that tries to install will end up failing at with the message "No such file or directoy: “$HOME/.config/lutris/games/[name of game].yml”
Other programs have had this trouble in the past with my .config directory, for example i3 and IntelliJ IDEA. I have worked around it before by manually specifying the config directory to avoid using the “$HOME” syntax. The “.config/lutris” directory wasn’t even created.

FYI I am using Arch Linux