How to fix Steam error code E2 - servers are too busy

Steam error code E2 - how to fix the servers are too busy issue

If you are having problems with the Steam error code E2, we have some tips for you.

Steam is a fantastic platform for gamers, providing access to a vast library of games and enabling seamless online gameplay. However, like any other platform, it's bugged at times with issues such as Steam cloud error and Steam connection timed-out error.

Steam error code E2 is another common issue that has been reported by users lately. So in this guide, we will walk you through some methods for fixing the "Steam servers are too busy" issue.

What is Steam error code E2?

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Typically, Steam error code E2 pops up when trying to launch an online multiplayer game. This irritating little error is accompanied by a self-explanatory message that reads:

The Steam servers are too busy to handle your request for [game]. Error Code (2)

From the error message, we can understand that the Steam servers are currently overloaded, and therefore not able to handle your request at the moment. This may be due to a flood of new players trying to play an online game at once.

Steam error code E2 could also be caused by Steam servers being down or having a technical glitch. Your internet connection could also be the culprit here. Whatever the reason is, there are some steps you can take to rectify the problem.

Is Steam down?

At the time of writing on 9 November 2023, Steam servers appear to be working but there has been a problem a few hours prior with many having problems connecting. We have no idea whether it was a planned outage or just an unfortunate incident. Hopefully, the issue is now resolved.

You can check the real-time Steam server status at to see whether the servers are back online. Steam devs are typically very responsive and they usually fix the server issues within hours or at most a day.

So, it won't take long before Steam servers come back online. In the meantime, you can try the fixes we outlined in the next section.

How to fix Steam error code E2

Steam error code E2 is a connection error and the issue can either be on your end or on Steam’s end. In most cases, the issue is with Steam servers and it will be resolved automatically when they come back online.

But if you are not patient enough to wait for that to happen, you can try fixing it yourself. Here are some suggestions you can try to resolve Steam error code E2:

  • Reset your network device, in case it is flooded with data.
  • Go to Settings > Downloads and change the Download Region to the country that is physically closest to you.
  • If all else fails, try again later.

Hopefully, one of our suggestions will help you solve the Steam error code E2, and you will be back playing Destiny 2 on your Steam Deck or PC. In case the error persists, we advise you to wait until Steam resolves the issue.

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