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Have the modern warfare servers for PC shut down for people in Britain? I am from Wales and have been trying to connect to a game for about a month now, I tried re-installing it and have tried all of the updates, but when I log in and try a team death match game it says (most of the time atleast) 1000/3745 players in playlist.

I assume there are atleast 1000 people playing it out of 3745 people who are currently logged into and playing different game types, but I cannot seem to connect to any games, the lobbys that I try to get connected to go right up to <160 ping then it just stops there and says looking for matched player and it will stay on this screen (I tried the other day for lack of anything better to do) for an hour and it still wouldn't not connect.

I assume the reason it is searching for games that are more than say <70 ping is purely down to no one in Britain or Europe playing this game any more, could someone shed some light on this? I don't want to have wasted 20 pounds on the MW2 DLC last month for nothing, and I assume steam doesn't do refunds ;)

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i had the same problem and essentially you're screwed. my brother found some youtube videos on work-arounds to extend the area it searches for games/trick the system into pairing you quicker but half the time it still doesn't work –  TMP Sep 18 '12 at 13:24
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As far as I know, the only problem is that most of the community has moved on.

From a technical standpoint, games are hosted by the players themselves, it is only the matchmaking servers that Activision/Infinity Ward control. They may have spun down a few of these now that there are less players playing, but all that would mean if there was a spike in interest, that people would hang at the Connecting to Matchmaking Server stage, not the searching for games stage.

I have the same problem with connecting to games here in Australia - and even if you do get in, I find it's just hackers left playing anyway. I know, it is a shame because IMHO Modern Warefare 2 was the peak of that line of games.

My suggestion is grab a few of your steam friends and host some private matches amongst yourselves.

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Look on your main screen. If it says your NAT Type is set to STRICT then that is your problem. You need to fix your router so that it says NAT is open. On mine, I just had to add Call of Duty to the list of exceptions. You will need to do further research on google to find your fix, if you NAT type is STRICT. MW2 is still going strong.

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