Usually after installing vmware from the AUR, it doesn’t launch any VMs because certain modules aren’t loaded. In my case, I restarted my computer after installing vmware, then ran:
sudo modprobe -a vmw_vmci vmmon vmnet sudo systemctl enable vmware-networks.service
After running those commands and rebooting, vmware was able to run virtual machines. In my case, after probing vmci, I got this error message:
modprobe: FATAL: Module vmci not found in directory /lib/modules/5.8.14-arch1-1
But vmware worked and was able to boot a Linux VM regardless.