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How to Fix Connecting to CS:GO Network Error

Connection issues are always a stress. Let's do them away for CS:GO!

Getting the “Connecting to CS:GO Network” Error when you just want to sit and relax with some CS:GO after a hard day of work/school can be frustrating, but Prima Games is here to help with all of your Counter-Strike: Global Offensive needs. Here’s how to fix it.

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“Connecting to CS:GO Network” Error Problem Fix

When you get this error, you will notice a message at the top of your screen which will stopyou from playing any CS:GO game that’s hosted on the official servers. Just to be safe, check if your Internet connection works for anything else (web browser, Discord, any other game, etc). It’s a quick check which should reveal if your issue lies within your ISP or your PC’s connection.

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Afterward, hop on to the Steam Status website, which is an unofficial resource made by a community member to publicly inform players about the status of many services Steam offers. There, you will be able to see if there are any issues with Steam in general, or CS:GO, Dota 2, Team Fortress 2, and more.

In addition to that, you will be able to see the connection issues by region, sorted by the cities in which the servers of Valve were hosted. If there are no issues here, you may proceed with the troubleshooting of your PC, since it’s established that there are no external issues.

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If rebooting CS:GO and reseting your router do not help (the good ol’ customer support trope), right-click CS:GO in your installed games on Steam > Properties > Local Files > “Verify Integrity of Game Files.”

This action will inspect the installation of CS:GO on your drive and will see if there are any files that are missing or corrupt. In any case, Steam will automatically restore all files that need to be replaced.

This is significantly faster than doing a clean reinstallation. If this fails, then a reinstallation must be done. From the same menu you reach by right-clicking the CS:GO icon, you should go to Manage > Uninstall, and after the uninstall process is completed, try installing CS:GO again. If all fails, reach out to Steam Support.


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Nikola L
Nikola has been a Staff Writer at Prima Games since May 2022. He has been gaming since being able to hold an Amiga 500 joystick on his own, back in the early 90s (when gaming was really good!). Nikola has helped organize dozens of gaming events and tournaments and has been professionally attached to gaming since 2009.