How to fix Searching for the DotA 2 Game Coordinator error

Milan Stanojevic
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  • DotA 2 is one of the most popular MOBA games currently on the market.
  • The guide below will show you how to troubleshoot the DotA 2 Game Coordinator error.
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DotA 2 is a great game, but many users reported that they are unable to search for a match due to Searching for the DotA 2 game coordinator. If you encounter this problem, you would not be able to participate in any online match.

More and more people have reported that the Game Coordinator just gets stuck while loading. In some of these cases, the reason for the issue was that the Game Coordinator was updating, or that the Steam servers were offline.

There are also situations in which the issue might be coming from your own PC.

In this article, we will explore some of the best options of dealing with the above-mentioned issue, when the problem is of a local nature. Read on to find out more.


How can I fix the DotA 2 Game Coordinator error?

  1. Have a practice match with bots
  2. Try playing as a Learner
  3. Play in Arcade mode
  4. Check your game files for integrity
  5. Change the default Download region in Steam settings

1. Have a practice match with bots

 

  1. Open up Steam, and run DotA 2.
    • On the top of your screen, you should see the Searching for the DotA 2 game coordinator message.
  2. To resolve this error, click on the Play DotA 2 button found at the bottom right side of your screen.
  3. After clicking Play, choose the option Practice with bots, and then select Solo game mode.
  4. Click on Start Bot Match, and choose any hero you want to play with.
  5. Play for 5 to 10 minutes with the bots, and then press the Menu button > Disconnect.
  6. Once you return to the main screen of the game, check if the error is still there.

2. Try playing as a Learner

  1. Open up Steam, and run DotA 2.
  2. Click on the Learn tab found at the top of your screen.
  3. Play the tutorial for 5 to 10 minutes.
  4. Disconnect from the game and check if the Searching for the DotA 2 game coordinator error is still there.

3. Play in Arcade mode

  1. Open up Steam, and run DotA 2.
  2. Click on Arcade mode at the top of your screen.
  3. Wait for a few seconds so the game loads a number of games, and then click Play on any one of them.
  4. Play for 5-10 minutes.
  5. Disconnect from the game by using the Menu button.

Now check if the Searching for the DotA 2 game coordinator message is still there.


4. Check your game files for integrity

  1. Open your Steam client, and click Library at the top of your screen.
  2. Search for DotA 2 in the games list, right-click on it, and select Properties.
    properties searching for the dota 2 game coordinator
  3. In the Properties window, click on the Local Files tab, and then click on Verify Integrity of Game Files.
    verify integrity dota 2 game coordinator
  4. Navigate to Settings, found at the top left side of your screen inside the Steam menu.
  5. Click on the Downloads tab.
  6. Click on Steam library folders option.
  7. A pop-up window will appear that will show you all the recorded library information.
  8. Right-click on the folder found there and hit Repair Library Folder.
  9. Restart Steam and check if the error has dissipated.

Facing frequent DotA 2 issues? Fix them with the steps included in this comprehensive guide.


5. Change the default download region in Steam settings

  1. Open Steam, and click on Settings.
  2. Choose Downloads, and then under Download Region, click on the drop-down list and choose a different location.
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  3. Restart Steam and check if the Searching for the DotA 2 game coordinator message is still there.

There you go, these are some of our solutions that might be able to help you with Searching for the DotA 2 game coordinator error. Please feel free to let us know if this article helped you by using the comment section below.


FAQ: Learn more about DotA 2

  • Is DotA 2 frequently updated?

Yes, DotA 2 receives updates around once every few days. If you want to keep up with the number of updates, check out this detailed guide.

  • Can I play DotA 2 using a VPN?

Yes, DotA 2 can be played using VPNs. In fact, we’ve compiled a list of the best VPNs that you can use specifically for DotA 2.

  • Units shift location instantly in DotA 2. Why is that?

If you notice units warping in different locations, you may be experiencing packet losses. If you want to know how to fix package loses in DotA 2, check out this comprehensive guide.


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in April 2019 and has been since revamped and updated in June 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.