Steam game updates changing to save bandwidth during coronavirus


Steam game updates will be changing to help save bandwidth during the coronavirus crisis.

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.
~Steam Team.

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.
Valve advises players to manage their own bandwidth by scheduling auto-update on windows and to disable auto-updates on specific games.

At the time of publishing, Steam Database reads 18,850,717 Steam users are online, with 5,054,786 in a game.
That's a clever solution albeit midly annoying on the user side of things.

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