Valve’s official Steam website has revealed that a problem with the Steam client’s Steam API is causing “unexpected problems” for some players.
According to Valve’s Steam forums, a “bug” is causing some users to receive “non-functional” notifications from the Steam servers.
These notifications are typically triggered when users connect to the game servers, but sometimes they also happen when users log into their Steam account and log out.
In order to fix this, the Steam forums say the Valve team is “working on a fix”.
The problem seems to be related to the way the Steam API works.
When you connect to Steam and log in, the Valve API “looks at the Steam Store to find available games” and displays “games that you might have already purchased”.
When you log out, the API will “look at the Store to determine if any games you might own are currently available on Steam”.
As the Valve forums explain, this is “not an issue with the API, but rather an issue in the way that Steam stores these data”.
According to the Valve community manager, the “bug affects a subset of Steam users who are experiencing non-functional Steam Store notifications”.
The issue was first spotted by user jayfang on the Steam forum.
The Steam forums were unable to immediately confirm whether this was related to a bug in the Steam Client itself, or if it was an issue specific to the Steam UI.
But the problem is not limited to just Steam users.
In a blog post published yesterday, Valve confirmed that some users have experienced “non functional” Steam servers when attempting to play games in the Windows, Mac, and Linux versions of the game.
These users are not experiencing any “game-breaking issues”, Valve says, and have “been able to play the games without issues”.
But the problems persist, and are being referred to as “non game-breaking” and “not game-related” issues.