I play CS:GO fairly often and that game really requires you to pretty much have a 60 or below ping to be playable. Now, my internet isn't great, but I can usually get that - 30s to 60ish ping range.

However, recently Steam has decided that it is going to ignore my setting for no updates while in-game and my throttling limit that I set!

I'll be paying, and all of a sudden my ping will shoot above 120, making play all but impossible.

The really weird thing is that the games in the queue the "require updating" are seemingly not downloading:

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and my Settings > Downloads:

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Right now the only way I can stop it from doing this is by quiting out of Steam entirely - something that's very bad for competitive CS:GO. And then it will just start doing it again a bit later.

Is this a known Steam bug or do I have something new? Or, preferably, how do I fix this?

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    Since the top image doesn't show Steam updating any of its games, the client is probably downloading (or uploading) something else, maybe the client itself, cloud synchronization or some meta data. Also check the download settings in the property page for for CS:GO specifically. It's possible override the default setting and allow downloads when playing specific games.
    – user86571
    Commented Jun 13, 2015 at 16:35
  • Is 16KB/s the correct setting for your equipment? That's .01 megabits, slightly faster than a 56K modem.
    – Yorik
    Commented Jun 16, 2015 at 18:16
  • Have you set up permissions for broadcasting? Someone could be watching your game.
    – Yorik
    Commented Jun 16, 2015 at 18:18
  • @Yorik I was trying to make it stop since it seemed to not be listening to my setting of the don't download while playing a game setting. And, no, I don't think I have set that. Commented Jun 16, 2015 at 18:25
  • Run Resmon before playing and alt-tab to check the network throughput when this happens. One thing I know affects pings in e.g. Left4Dead2 is servers with flash and ads in the MOTD. They can be grabbing bandwidth even when the MOTD is not showing. (pinion servers)
    – Yorik
    Commented Jun 16, 2015 at 18:32

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You can disable the download inside steam while your playing. This can be activated in your options. I would suggest to enable this option always. You'll forget it otherwise on MP games. ;-)

  • I mentioned that I have this setting set in the question, thanks anyways. Commented Jun 16, 2015 at 13:39
  • But, as I see... your steam client doesn't load anything? It just says that an update is required?
    – Ionic
    Commented Jun 16, 2015 at 13:45
  • Nope, I just uses up bandwidth and says that update is required (not queued). The (not queued) part tells me that it shouldn't be downloading anything. However, it is. Commented Jun 16, 2015 at 18:24
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    Did you analyze if it's really downloading? The display in the upper left is sometimes buggy and counts kb but the network doesn't do anything.
    – Ionic
    Commented Jun 16, 2015 at 19:45

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