I have just bought Civilization 5 online through Steam as they had a promotional weekend. They were quick enough to take my money but the game does not download and now they won't respond to my mails to the support desk.

Any ideas? Do I simply call my CC provider and block this?

Does anybody who went through a similar experience have a solution?

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    Is this problem exclusive to Civilization 5 or can you not download any other games on Steam? It might be some temporary server problems on their end.
    – Mana
    Commented Feb 22, 2011 at 17:29
  • Have you tried switching the content server to download from?
    – TZHX
    Commented Feb 22, 2011 at 18:03
  • Could you provide more details on what you mean by "the game does not download"? Does it appear in your games list?
    – Brant
    Commented Feb 22, 2011 at 18:29
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    Relevant story: when I got Portal, during that one Portal for free week, the game was added immediately to my library but the servers were too overloaded to let me get it right away. I had to wait one day for the load to reduce, then I could get my copy too.
    – badp
    Commented Feb 22, 2011 at 18:33
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    Are you running another program through steam at the moment? If steam detects you running a game, it will automatically pause all downloads and resume them when you stop. This isn't limited to games, but any applications that you have managed through Steam. Commented Feb 22, 2011 at 18:51

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Sometimes deleting the ClientRegistry blob and having Steam rebuild its cache of games helps.

From the ClientRegistry.blob answer on Steam Support:

Windows XP/Vista/7

  • Completely exit from the Steam client.
  • Go to C:\Program Files\Steam (or the Steam directory that was specified during installation).
  • Locate ClientRegistry.blob and rename this file to ClientRegistryOld.blob
  • Restart Steam to allow the file to be recreated.
  • Test the issue once more.

Mac OS X

  • Completely exit from the Steam client.
  • Go to /Users/[Username]/Library/Application Support/Steam
  • Locate ClientRegistry.blob and rename this file to ClientRegistryOld.blob
  • Restart Steam to allow the file to be recreated.
  • Test the issue once more.
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    I have had issues with steam logging on for a month. Steam support has sent me several kb articles that have been useless. This fix fr Mac got me back up instantly! Than you. Commented May 8, 2011 at 11:57
  • Well, so far, this solved my problem! :)
    – Arkl1te
    Commented Dec 27, 2013 at 2:07

I've bought 10+ games on steam and they've all downloaded without problem.

  • Have you read the FAQ? There might be something there about it or what to do
  • Perhaps your firewall is too strict
  • Perhaps your ISP doesn't allow it
  • Perhaps your CC is from another country then you're trying to download too
  • How long have you given them to respond? 1 day 2 days? 1 week?

I've personally found Steam to be fairly efficient, and if something isn't working they do what they can to fix it. Also why block on your CC? WHy not just ask them for a refund? If you block on your CC you are just giving yourself a bad record with steam, if you ask for a refund because x doesn't download IMO that's a lot better and makes more sense.


Did the download somehow pause itself? Go to Library -> Downloads and make sure.


First off, I would relax a bit. They probably did not respond due to the fact that it was a holiday weekend in the United States. They will most likely respond today or tomorrow, as I'm sure they have quite a backlog of support requests.

Second, try changing your download region. Generally when I have a download that is "suspended" its just that the content delivery server is full. Switching to one nearby that has less traffic generally fixes the problem.


I recently had a similar problem - all games refused to download.

Opting out of the Steam beta (view --> settings --> account --> beta participation) fixed the problem for me.

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