As more and more games incorporate multiplayer and coop gameplay mechanics, they become more fun to play with friends. However, multiplayer games come with their own problems and aren’t always the best experience when playing online.
In this article, we’re talking about an error in Ghost Watchers that shows up when trying to join a lobby, the reasons behind it and what you can do to fix the problem.
What causes the error?
This is a rather generic issue that a number of problems can trigger including the following
- Internet connectivity issues.
- Blocked ports.
- Outdated game version.
- Using VPN/proxy.
- Incorrect in-game region.
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How to fix this?
Here are five fixes you can try out.
Restart your router
Restarting your router can help eliminate any unseen network or connectivity issues you may face. You have to turn off your router, wait a bit, and then turn it back on again.
Check the in-game region
Another rather important thing to keep in mind when playing multiplayer games is the server region. If you’re connecting to a region that’s geographically far away, you’ll have a much worse experience on account of high ping and latency as well as lobby connection issues.
Disabling any proxies or VPNs that you might be using
Another relatively common reason people run into this issue is when they’re trying to connect to a host through a proxy or a VPN connection, and the host keeps on denying the connection request.
Several high-profile sites, including video games, often block connections coming over VPN to ensure a consistent gameplay experience. In such cases, the solution is pretty straightforward. You disable your proxy or VPN client and try connecting to the host again.
Check your drivers
Your network adaptor’s drivers could be causing connectivity issues. Try connecting to the internet using either an ethernet connection or any other alternative, and follow these steps to get your drivers in place.
Step 1: Press Windows key + R, type in devmgmt.msc and hit enter.
Step 2: Double-click Network adaptors to expand it and right-click your WiFi card or ethernet adaptor, depending upon what you need to fix. Click on Update driver.
Step 3: Select Search automatically for drivers, and Windows will find and install any available updates.
Now restart your PC and try again.
Check the integrity of Steam game files
Luckily, Steam has a built-in feature that verifies your game files and reinstalls any files that might be damaged. Follow these steps.
Step 1: Head over to your Steam Library, right-click on Ghost Watchers and select Properties.
Step 2: Head over to the Local Files tab.
Step 3: Click on Verify integrity of local files… and let Steam do its thing.
This should get the game running again.
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