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Dota 2's US East matchmaking servers are down because somebody cut a cable

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Dota 2 (opens in new tab) and CS:GO (opens in new tab) players on the eastern side of North America may find that their matchmaking experience is a little rougher than usual today. And for once, it's not because somebody is trying to stir up trouble with a DDoS attack: According to the official Dota 2 Twitter account, the problem is that somebody, somewhere, chopped a cable.

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Twitter user wp494nerws (opens in new tab) (via PCGamesN (opens in new tab)) said the issue is also impacting Team Fortress 2 and CS:GO, although there's been no official word of any problems from either of those accounts. Those games will apparently redistribute queuing players automatically, so the issue may not be as immediately noticeable, but in-game latency could be higher as a result.

There's no word yet on when the problem will be fixed, but we'll keep our eye on it and let you know when the all-clear sounds.

Andy Chalk
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.