Originally Posted by JiFlat
I've been playing Dota 2 for 3 weeks already and I have this problem since I had Dota 2 on my PC. Every time I open Dota 2 on my desktop, my Dota 2 would stop on the main loading screen and display this message of Connecting to the Dota 2 Network. But I'm still able to play it if I open Dota 2 via steam client... no Connecting to the Dota 2 blah blah. It is just a hustle for me open the client and doing the same thing over and over again. Can someone help me fix the problem?
I've tried to put Dota 2 on the Firewall's exception list, but still no luck.
This happens if the Dota shortcut on the desktop was made by you (i.e you went into the Dota folder and did the 'Right click --> Send to desktop
Try this : Go into Steam --> Games --> Right Click Dota --> Create Shortcut on desktop.
For some reason, when you create a shortcut for Dota from Windows explorer, it launches the game, but seems to ignore Steam.