Is the steam broken? How to Check Steam Network Server Status

Steam, Valve’s digital storefront, is the number one gaming platform on PC. Therefore, even if only a small number of users experience problems, the problem will be quickly reported all over the Internet. Likewise, when most gamers suddenly cannot log into Steam, it will make headlines on many gaming sites and social networks. If you’re having a server or connection issue, here’s how you can check the network and server status for your Steam region.

Note: Steam uses many data centers around the world, so you’re tied to the one closest to your current location, and server status may vary depending on where you are. Additionally, widespread network outages may impact not only the accessibility of Steam, but other web services as well.

How to Check Steam Network Server Status

There are several ways to check Steam’s network status, whether its server is currently up or not.

Steam & Game Stats – Official

Is the steam broken?  How to Check Steam Network Server Status

Steam & Game Stat is the official Valve owned page showing server activity for the DRM-slash-launcher-slash-store application. Here you can also see the Top 10 and Top 100 most played games by Steam users.

However, the data regarding server activity presented here is quite minimal. All you can see is just the number of concurrent Steam users in the last 48 hours. While you might assume that a major user drop is occurring due to a server outage, keep in mind that Steam & Game Stat charts show global user numbers; a drop also occurs when the majority of gamers around the world have stopped running the app while minorities in different time zones are still active.

Steamstat.us – Third Party

Is the steam broken?  How to Check Steam Network Server Status

If the data on the official server page seems unsatisfactory, luckily, people unrelated to Valve have found more reliable ways to check the Steam network and server status. One of the most reputable is Steamstat.us. It reveals the number of Steam users as well as CS: GO and Connection Manager server (Steam Store) availability by region. With that in mind, if you’re in the US and your friends in Europe are having trouble logging into Steam, you might not have the same problem they did.

This site is created and operated by Pavel Djundik, the creator of SteamDB. If you have a Twitter account, you can also follow SteamStatus’ Twitter for updates.

Steamstatus.io – Third Party

Is the steam broken?  How to Check Steam Network Server Status

And the last one is Steamstatus.io. In addition to listing Steam server availability by region, it also has a live Steam network map that shows the status of each regional network:

  • Blue dot: stable network status, with a higher load than usual but ok. Speed ​​and accessibility should not be affected.
  • Orange dot: This occurs when the network is under heavy load. Short outages are possible, but above all a decrease in speed when loading the Community, the Store or other Steam services. A common event during Steam sales.
  • Red dot: The Steam network for that particular region may be completely down and inaccessible.

How to Fix a Steam Server Connection Problem

If the Steam server in your region appears to be up and running, but you’re having connection issues, Steam Support listed several details that might help you:

Error code 53 and other connection issues

Some programs can interfere with Steam’s processes and prevent it from working normally:

  • Antivirus software.
  • Virtual Private Network (VPN).
  • Anti-spyware.
  • Firewalls and security applications.
  • Peer-to-Peer (P2P) clients and file sharing software.
  • FTP and web server applications.
  • IP filtering or blocking programs.
  • Download accelerator and download manager programs.
  • Steam also does not support connecting through a DMZ (demilitarized zone) network. Try disabling your router settings.

Change your download region

Windows computer:

  • Start Steam.
  • Go to Steam > Settings > Downloads tab.
  • Under Download Region, select a different but relatively close region.
  • Try to launch or install the game one more time.

Mac:

  • Start Steam.
  • Click Steam > Preferences > Downloads tab.
  • Under Download Region, select a different but relatively close region.
  • Try to launch or install the game one more time.

Repair Corrupt Steam Files

Windows computer:

  • Exit Steam
  • Navigate to your Steam installation directory.
    • C:Program Files (x86)Steam is the default path.
  • Delete everything in this directory except what follows:
    • steam.exe
    • steamapps directory
  • Restart Steam to test the issue.

Mac:

  • Exit Steam.
  • Go to Users/[username]/Library/Application Support/Steam.
  • Delete everything in this directory except for the steamapps folder.
    • You risk losing mods or custom content with this method.
  • Launch Steam from your Dock or Applications folder.

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Steam is available for download on PC for Windows, Mac and Linux OS.

Kevin M. Risinger