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How to Check Steam Server Status: Is Steam Down?

Checking for steam status updates

Having trouble logging into Steam? It could be thanks to a surge in online traffic or people trying to get online. At any given moment, there could simply be too many users trying to play their favorite games. There’s constant loading, uploading, and downloading of new games, products, and services! It stands to reason that Steam would eventually have outages and/or server hiccups. So, how do you check Steam’s server status?

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Checking the Server Status of Steam

You can check for status updates at the Steam community hub, SteamDB. The hub has specific status information such as how many users are online, how different areas of the site are currently performing, and other options. SteamDB is an unofficial service, however. Although it is the most popular site that keeps up with how Steam is performing for people around the world to use and look in on. Down Detector is also a useful site to visit. It helps see if the problem is on your end or Steam’s.

Although most of Steam’s problems are on Valve’s end rather than any given user. You really can’t do much but check in every so often to see if traffic slows down or when the servers come back online. You can also try restarting Steam to see if it fixes the problem.

Related: How To Fix “Verifying Login Information Error” on Steam

Steam most often has traffic and server issues during their famous sales events. Every event generates a massive amount of user traffic while players try to get their hands on the latest discounts on their favorite games. A different, more recent example is the widespread report of user errors when Valve started setting up reservations for their new Steam Deck handheld system. Only minutes after pre-orders went live, users were hit with long waiting times, error messages, and endless loading screens, unable to place their orders.

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Matthew Wilson
Matthew Wilson is currently the Managing Editor for Gamer Journalist. He's previously served as Managing Editor for the Lifestyle brand Outsider. Matthew has also worked for USA TODAY, Business Insider, Esquire, and Psychology Today. In his free time, he loves to travel and to play video games, two passions that fuel his work.