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Steam is back! [Updated]

Update: It may still be wonky, and we still don't have an explanation for what happened, but Steam is now back in operation, store and all. We'll keep an eye on things, and update again if the situation changes.

Original story: 

It's not just you: Steam is down. As far as we can tell, it's down worldwide (a contact in Germany confirmed that it's down there), both the store and services, meaning that some of your single-player games won't work unless you go into offline mode. (I just tried to fire up Fallout 4 and it's a no-go; Escape Goat 2, on other hand, works fine, albeit without access to cloud saves.) 

We don't know what's going on at this point, but I've emailed Valve for more information and will update when the situation changes. Hopefully, we'll be able to dive back into the Steam Winter Sale soon.

Keep an eye on steamstat.us for an unofficial check of Steam's many servers.

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.