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The internet is fixed, Steam is back online

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Update (12:55 pm ET): Akamai appears to have fixed the problem, and services including Steam are either back online or headed that way. Akamai said it will continue to monitor the situation to ensure that nothing falls out of place, but for now Steam appears to be fully back to normal.

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Original story:

As you may have already noticed, Steam is down: The Unofficial Steam Status (opens in new tab) site indicates that most services, including the store and community, are currently unavailable.

The good news, such as it is, is that it's not just Steam. The outage is apparently the result of problems at Akamai's Edge DNS Services (opens in new tab), which is currently suffering an "emerging issue" that's also impacting other services. GamesRadar (opens in new tab) has reported that the PlayStation Network is also down, for instance, and Epic is having trouble too, although right now it's slow but still seems to be accessible.

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There's no word about the problem from Valve at this point, but it's really out of Valve's hands: According to The Verge (opens in new tab), other services including banks, brokerages, and possibly even some 911 services were also been impacted by the outage.  Akamai said it's working on the issue (opens in new tab) and will post regular status updates.

We'll keep an eye on things and let you know when it's back.

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.