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How to Fix Error E502 L3 on Steam

I just wanted to play some games. Oh well, time to sleep.

Server issues are a plague that has invaded every single launcher, and every single game. Sometimes, I wish games were played like they used to: installing them from a CD and having them stored directly in your C drive, with no launcher or third party software. What is a CD you say? Forget about it while I grab my can and explain you how to fix the error E502 L3 on Steam.

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How to Fix Error E502 L3 on Steam

This error indicates that there is a server issue happening at the moment. As you may be experiencing it, this will completely lock you out from accessing the Steam Store. Community, Workshop and well, basically all Steam online features. While this is most likely due to indeed some server outage or maintenance, there is a possibility that the problem may be on the user’s side. We have compiled here all the troubleshooting steps you can take in order to fix error E502L3 on Steam. Check them out below.

Troubleshooting Steps

  • First, check if the Steam servers are indeed down. You can do this by using SteamDB or Down Detector. If there are indeed some server issues, then you just need to wait for Valve to solve them, don’t bother following the steps below.
  • Try to log off and log back in. Several users have reported that this method will ensure that they reconnect to Steam’s servers properly.
  • Reinstall Steam from scratch. Use the uninstall function on Windows to get rid of the Steam installation, and then download the latest Steam version from their official website.
  • Disable any Antivirus and the Windows Defender Firewall. There is a possibility that each of those have the ability to block any connections to the Steam servers. Disabling them will fix the issue immediately.
  • Restart your router and ensure you are using and Ethernet cable to have the most stable connection possible.

Related: How to Check Steam Server Status: Is Steam Down?

Most probably, Valve is doing some maintenance or experiencing some problems. Unfortunately, you won’t be doing anything other than waiting, so pick up the cards or the chess and spend your time playing like we used to do years ago. Or, well, play some games in the Epic Games Launcher. Good luck!

Steam is available for Windows, macOS, and Linux systems. Please check out Gamer Journalist on Facebook to join the discussion and keep up to date with our content. If you are experiencing any more errors, be sure to check out How Do You Fix “There Was an Error Communicating With the Steam Servers” on Steam? Answered and How Do You Fix Steam Web API Error? Answered.

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Alejandro Josan
A musician with a heart of a gamer, Alejandro's life has always been accompanied by adventures on Nintendo platformers, countless hours of fantasy RPGs and several third-party FPSs. Currently, he is studying Game Design and Development, preparing for a long career in the video game industry.