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Steam Down: Store Is Having Server Problems For The Summer Sale

Steam Down: Store Is Having Server Problems For The Summer Sale

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Credit: Valve

Steam’s Summer Sale.

</div> </div> <p>Unsurprisingly, a lot of people seem to want super cheap PC games. The Steam Summer Sale officially started at 1:00 p.m. Eastern, but at this moment I’m barely able to load a thing on the Steam Storefront, and plenty of other people on Twitter seem to be experiencing&nbsp;a similar thing. The Steam Summer Sale is a major event for the budget-conscious gamer, and it seems that the traffic is just a bit too much for Valve’s servers to handle with grace.</p> <p>My experience right now is running the gamut from &quot;totally down&quot; to &quot;just not all that functional.&quot; I can reliably get the main store page to load, but I’m more or less out of luck from there, whether I’m trying to add filters, look at genres or even just highlight an individual game. In some instances, the sale price doesn’t seem to be appearing for games on the main page, either. I can get some game pages to load, but it usually takes about a minute if it happens at all. And I’d like to be buying games much more quickly than that, thank you very much.</p> <p>I assume this will get sorted in short order: Valve has a lot riding on its technical stability, and a lot riding on the Summer Sale in particular. There’s no evidence of any foul play or anything beyond a massive crush of traffic that’s causing things to move very slowly. The problem may get a little worse before it gets better, though, as people like me keep refreshing as more and more people join up to check in.</p> <p> </p> <p>We’ll keep you posted if the store is back to normal in a little bit, and then let you know about some of the best deals available. There are a ton of great games in this sale every year, but if you’re not too careful you’ll end up broke and with an imposing backlog.</p>” readability=”40″>

Credit: Valve

Steam’s Summer Sale.

Unsurprisingly, a lot of people seem to want super cheap PC games. The Steam Summer Sale officially started at 1:00 p.m. Eastern, but at this moment I’m barely able to load a thing on the Steam Storefront, and plenty of other people on Twitter seem to be experiencing a similar thing. The Steam Summer Sale is a major event for the budget-conscious gamer, and it seems that the traffic is just a bit too much for Valve’s servers to handle with grace.

My experience right now is running the gamut from “totally down” to “just not all that functional.” I can reliably get the main store page to load, but I’m more or less out of luck from there, whether I’m trying to add filters, look at genres or even just highlight an individual game. In some instances, the sale price doesn’t seem to be appearing for games on the main page, either. I can get some game pages to load, but it usually takes about a minute if it happens at all. And I’d like to be buying games much more quickly than that, thank you very much.

I assume this will get sorted in short order: Valve has a lot riding on its technical stability, and a lot riding on the Summer Sale in particular. There’s no evidence of any foul play or anything beyond a massive crush of traffic that’s causing things to move very slowly. The problem may get a little worse before it gets better, though, as people like me keep refreshing as more and more people join up to check in.

We’ll keep you posted if the store is back to normal in a little bit, and then let you know about some of the best deals available. There are a ton of great games in this sale every year, but if you’re not too careful you’ll end up broke and with an imposing backlog.

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