Post by Dan @ 08:48am 26/12/13 | 59 Comments
It's been a while since we've experienced an extended Steam outage, but the popular digital distribution platform appears to be completely offline this morning, presumably due to overwhelming demand for Valve's Christmas day promotion: free Left 4 Dead 2.
Valve has temporarily made Left 4 Dead 2 a free purchase on Steam, however in order to claim it, has instructed players to "install it", prompting a rush on full 7.5GB downloads of the game, when we suspect that merely attaching it to your Steam account for download at a more convenient time might suffice (though please don't take our word for it).
To celebrate the holidays in a special way this year, Left 4 Dead 2 will be free until 10AM PST 12/26.At the time of posting, Steam has been down and ruining Christmas for two and a half hours and counting, not a good look for any DRM implementation. The Left 4 Dead 2 promotion is scheduled to wrap up at 5am December 27th Sydney time, but perhaps Valve will adjust or extend the offer on account of the outage.
Update: Steam is now back up, but still appears to be experiencing intermittent timeouts.
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