Steam is hiccupping as everyone rushes to preload Lost Ark

On Monday, Steam strained under the weight of preloads for Lost Ark, a free-to-play Korean action RPG MMO that’s now launching in the Americas and Europe. Prospective players complained about long download times, and Lost Ark acknowledged the issue and said that Valve was looking into it. Things started looking smoother last night, but Steam’s bandwidth appears to be peaking once again as Lost Ark’s servers open for players with head-start access.

As we saw with the Halo Infinite and New World launches, Steam reported a big spike in download traffic as players rushed to hit that big green “pre-load game” button. Halo Infinite logged a spike in bandwidth of 23.5 Tbps on the day its free-to-play multiplayer surprise launched. During Lost Ark’s pre-launch yesterday, the meter hit 30 Tbps.