Steam is slowly coming back online after apparent DDoS attack

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Update: It's still a bit shaky, but Steam is slowly coming back online now.

Expect it to be a bit intermittent as everyone in the world tries to log in at the same time, but Valve's service is slowly recovering now. 

Have a read of our list of the best games of 2016, which you can't currently play, because Steam is dead.

Update: A self-proclaimed "cyber terrorism" group have claimed responsibility for the Steam outage. 

A group who call themselves Phantom Squad have said they launched a "major DDoS attack" on Valve's gaming service. We have emailed them to see if they can provide proof and to find out their motives. Their Twitter account has since been suspended.

Back in November, the group claimed responsibility for a short Steam outage, along with one in Rainbow Six Siege. At the same time, they made threats against Steam, Microsoft and Sony for the holidays.

Original: It’s either the end of the world, or Valve are having some big server issues, as Steam has been down for around an hour now. Steam being down during a sale is nothing new, but this isn’t even intermittent - it just plain doesn’t work at all.

Not being able to play online is expected in times like this, but currently some players can’t even access their offline games - we've tried it with various titles, and one of our computers straight up can't even start Steam. We'd recommend leaving the program open if you already have it. Everything is on lockdown and it’s kinda bizarre.

Even Steam developers can't access their sales stats, as SteamWorks is also unresponsive.

We’ve reached out to Valve for comment, but we’re not expecting to hear back any time soon. I imagine they’re being inundated with emails right now. Remember last Christmas on Steam when people could see each other’s bank details for a little bit? That was fun wasn’t it?

Unofficial status tracking sits Steam Stats is a good place to track the current status of things, but we will keep you updated if there’s any change. It looks like there are quite a few people hoping for answers.

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Tovias Avatar
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8 Months ago

oh shit, I shouldn't have closed xcom

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jztemple Avatar
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8 Months ago

Ah, you can still play games in Steam. I just checked my Project Highrise, Farming Simulator 17 and Motorsport Manager and they work with their local saves. I'm sure MP games are down and those few games that require a constant Steam connection, but SP games that have local saves should work fine.

And, by the way, thanks Putin!

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Kirk McKeand Avatar
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8 Months ago

We tried multiple single-player games and one of our guys can't even load Steam at all. Seems to be affecting people differently, which could mean they are slowly bringing it back online.

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Dreiden Kisada Avatar
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8 Months ago

That's because you launched it through Steam, instead of launching the game.

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{ubb-1}Soggy Avatar
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{ubb-1}Soggy(3 minutes played)
8 Months ago

Yep down for me too, North East UK....always seems to go down when you want to do a good gaming session!

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monkeyfritz Avatar
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8 Months ago

Seems to be working again in Canada.

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monkeyfritz Avatar
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8 Months ago

Well, half working. lol. At least it is letting me download the games I bought just before the outage.

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NihlusGreen(5 hours played)
8 Months ago

I could still access and play my library, however my purchase did not work, simply timed out and then no access to store. Tried again later and purchase was put on hold

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SkankwOn Avatar
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8 Months ago

It's a Xmas tradition now... :/

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Dreiden Kisada Avatar
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8 Months ago

Funny. My girlfriend and I passed the time waiting for the store by playing Stardew Valley.

All you had to do was launch the game manually instead of through the Steam client.

It's almost like you guys are terrible at PC games.

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