How To Fix Dota 2 Game Coordinator Issues | Won’t Connect

Dota 2 players may get Game Coordinator issues from time to time. Issues with the game servers are typically indicated by an error at the top part of the Dota 2 client. If you are having trouble playing online on Dota 2, learn what you can do to fix it below.

What is Dota 2 Game Coordinator?

Dota 2 game uses a set of servers called Game Coordinator in order to facilitate matchmaking and allow the game to proceed on the Dota 2 client. While you can typically play Dota 2 offline (great for beginners or “noobs”) when servers are down, it’s a big problem for most players as the game is more hugely enjoyable when you’re online.

When servers stops working, like when it keeps showing the “Searching for Dota 2 Game Coordinator” error, or when it simply won’t allow a connection at all, the game is rendered almost useless for majority of players.

What are the causes for Dota 2 game coordinator problems

There are a number of reasons for this particular Dota 2 issue. Let’s discuss each of them briefly below.


Valve-side outage. 

For majority of Dota 2 players getting connection issues, the cause is external or coming from Valve’s system. This means that there’s nothing much that you can do if you’re affected by it. All you can do is to wait and hope that Valve fixes the problem as soon as possible.

Steam client issues.

In other cases, the cause of the problem may lie with the Steam client, which hosts Dota 2. Steam servers may also go down from time to time and outages may vary by region. Steam-related issues that affect Dota 2 though is not that common and if it does, can only be felt by an insignificant number of users.

Local network problems.

A player’s local network can encounter problems that might lead to Dota 2 connection problems. This usually occurs if you have a slow connection issue, or if the connection keeps dropping.

Troubleshooting Dota 2 Game Coordinator issues

If you’re a Dota 2 player and you keep getting a Game Coordinator error when trying to play online, these are the things that you can do to fix the problem:

  1. Check for Valve-related issues.

    Before you perform any troubleshooting on your PC or network, the first thing that you want to do is to see if there’s a known outage from Valve’s side. You can do that by following Valve’s official Dota 2 Twitter page.
    You can also check the unofficial, third party websites like downdetector.com for any developing server issues for Dota 2.

  2. Restart Dota 2 client.

    If there’s no known Dota 2 outage, it’s possible that the Game Coordinator error you’re getting may be temporary and isolated to your PC only. Try closing and reopening the Dota 2 client to see if that will make a difference.

  3. Troubleshoot Steam client.

    The Steam client can encounter bugs just like the Dota 2 client. If nothing changes after you’ve restarted Dota 2, you can troubleshoot the Steam client. Here’s how:
    -Close Dota 2 client.
    -Log out of your Steam account.
    -Close Steam client.
    -Open Steam client again and sign back in.
    -Launch Dota 2 client and try to play online.

  4. Reboot your PC.

    Should none of the solutions above help at this point, try to reboot your PC instead and see if that will fix the problem. This may help if the problem is caused by a temporary connection problem in your computer.

  5. Check for internet connection problems.

    If you have friends from the same region as you are and they’re not getting the Game Coordinator problem, it’s possible that the cause might be within your local network, or with your ISP. 
    You can do the basic network troubleshooting by doing a complete network powercycle on your end. Just restart your modem/router and computer for about a minute and then check the game again.
    If that won’t help, try to get help from your Internet Service Provider to see if there’s an issue from their end.

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