You just had a long day at work or school. You are excited to finally get home and fire up your computer for a good old session of Counter-Strike Global Offensive. You get your snacks and soda ready, double click on the game, only to find out that the servers are down. Now your whole night is ruined and you have to interact with your family like a normal person.
CSGO issues like this one have happened to me more often than I can remember, and I certainly know how annoying it can be. So, in this article, we will talk all about the “CSGO server down” problem in Counter-Strike Global Offensive, how you can know when the servers are down as well as possible solutions to the problem.
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Why Does This Happen?
Unlike other issues associated with CS:GO, when the servers are down, there isn’t anything that you are doing wrong or can do to fix the problem, because the fault lies entirely with Valve. The reason why this happens varies from situation to situation, but it probably often has to do with server overload which may even cause low net speed and high ping.
CS:GO is one of the most popular video games in the world, with millions of players trying to connect at any given time, and this can sometimes be too much for the Valve servers to handle, resulting in a CSGO servers down message. It's one of the worst scenarios CSGO players experience.
Another reason why the servers may be down is that Valve did it on purpose to release an update, which causes the game to be unplayable for a short period of time. This is usually fixed very quickly. This is why it is also recommended for you to make sure and check that your game is always up to date, because this may be causing you issues with connecting to a server.
The third possible explanation to why this problem might have occurred in CS:GO is that something is causing it on your end like a near-by power outage, and we will talk about that more later in the article.
How to Check the Counter-Strike Global Offensive Server Status?
One way you can save yourself some time and a night of not knowing what to do with yourself is by checking the server status. As the issue became more prevalent, many different sites have appeared that display the server status of CS:GO, and some sites are even entirely dedicated to that. One example is the CS:GO Database website, which is specifically for Counter-Strike Global Offensive, but you can find ones for other editions of Counter-Strike as well.
What if CSGO Servers Are Online but You Still Can’t Connect?
If you checked the server status from either an official or reputable site, and it says that it should be online, there is usually something else you can do about it. The most common reason you may be having issues connecting to servers in CS:GO may be due to outdated drivers or other driver issues. To address this, make sure that you have the latest drivers and they are always updated.
Another thing you can do is to verify the integrity of game files in CSGO, which is a function that Steam has to allow you to quickly and easily fix any file errors that your game may be having. If missing files are the reason for you being unable to connect to a game, this will probably fix the issue.
The third option to solve this CS:GO is to disable Windows Defender Firewall. Windows Defender can limit the functionalities of many apps on your computer, but a lot of the time, it will do so without saving your computer from any risk. This interference can cause your game to not work properly and can be the reason why you are unable to connect to a CSGO game.
To disable Windows Defender Firewall and hopefully fix this CSGO problem, follow these steps:
1. Open WDF through the Windows search box
2. Click on the “Turn Windows Defender Firewall on or off” option
3. Select all of the “turn off” options that appear
You should also consider temporarily disabling your third-party antivirus software as well to see if it may be causing your issues with CSGO.
Other possible solutions:
To perform a repair on your Steam folder, which may fix your VAC server issues, press Windows + R, and insert the following command: “C: Program Files (x86)\Steam\bin\SteamService.exe” /repair. Then open CSGO to check and see whether it is back to normal and there are no issues.
Google DNS Server
A Google DNS server can also fix many server-related issues with CSGO. To switch to a Google DNS Server, follow these steps:
1. Open Run
2. Insert ncpa.cpl and press Enter
3. Right-click on your active internet connection and select Properties
4. Double click on the Wi-Fi connection
5. Select “Use the following DNS Server addresses”
6. Enter 188.8.131.52 as preferred and 184.108.40.206 as alternate DNS server
7. Save the changes