Valve delaying Steam updates to preserve bandwidth

Posted on Tuesday, March 31 2020 @ 11:44 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Valve is the next company to alter its service due to the coronavirus pandemic. In an effort to preserve bandwidth, Valve decided it will delay automatic updates for games you haven't played within the last three days. This should help to reduce load on the network, while still giving users the option to get the update asap if they need it.
Changes to Auto-Updating to Spread Out Peak Load
For games that haven’t been played recently, Steam has already been scheduling updates for the next off-peak local time period. Beginning this week, we are now spreading these updates out over several more days. Only games played within the last 3 days will be updated immediately. As always, the game will begin updating immediately if you request to play it, and you can always initiate an update (or pause it indefinitely) through the Download Manager. We’re also looking into additional solutions to help on our side.

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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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