Fix: Dota 2 can’t connect to match

By: Madeleine Dean
2 minute read

The latest Dota 2 update brings a series of unexpected issues that limit the gaming experience for players. One of the most severe issues prevents players from connecting to matches. Usually, there is no error message accompanying this issue, and players are forced back into the main menu.

Dota 2 stuck at connecting


Here’s how one player describes this annoying situation:

Since patch 7.00 I’m not able to connect to any MM games or lobby games anymore.
I never had any big troubles or problems with Dota2 (mostly some UI/graphic glitches, but that’s it).[…]
I tried to host lobby games, filled with bots, but I’m always forced back into the main menu.
When I was trying to connect to the Matchmaking servers, I can accept the queue and get into the loading screen.
During Loading screen I’m only getting the message of “Establishing connection” on the right side of the screen, but it wont load into the game.
Is there any chance to fix this on my own?

Fortunately, one resourceful gamer found a solution for this problem. We’ll list its troubleshooting steps below.

Fix Dota 2 server connection issues


First of all, make sure your firewall is not blocking Dota 2. Try temporarily disabling your firewall and connecting to Matchmaking or Lobby. In addition, add Dota 2 to your firewall’s exception list and install the latest Windows, Dota 2 and GPU updates on your computer. Don’t forget to disable any unnecessary background apps and run a full system scan for malware, as well.

1. Launch Dota
2. Run console (enable it in Advanced game options)
3. Type net_force_steamdatagram 1 and hit enter
4. Try to watch any game via your game client to see if you are able to connect.
5. If this works, then you should be able to play as well.

As always, if you’ve come across other solutions, you can help the community by listing the troubleshooting steps in the comment section below.

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