Valve Breaks Steam with Free Left 4 Dead 2 -update: Steam Now Un-broken!-

Merry Christmas everyone!  We all hope you’re having a better one than Valve seems to be experiencing at the moment.  The Steam servers were already a bit creaky thanks to the holiday sale, causing short hiccups in service that were usually cleared with a quick page refresh.  Then earlier today Valve gifted the internet with free Left 4 Dead 2, and it all fell apart.

It’s currently a bit past 7PM EST and Steam has just come back to life for the moment after 5 hours of near-total inaccessibility.  It’s recovered a time or two throughout the afternoon for brief periods here and there, so it’s hard to say if it’s going to stay up or not, but while it’s active you should head on by and grab your copy of Left 4 Dead 2.  There’s still plenty of time left in the day but it’s hard to say if even Steam’s servers can keep up with this kind of demand.  The link currently doesn’t work, unfortunately, but the Steam front-end itself seems fine.  For now.

-Update-  Everything seems to be working again, whether by the Steam client or website, so go get yourself some Left 4 Dead 2.