Dota 2 Stuck on Loading Screen: An Easy Fix [2023]

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Dota 2 is a MOBA title that, with its atmosphere, graphic details, and a high degree of addiction, still represents an incredible multiplayer experience. Although it is an older gaming title, not all bugs, have been ironed out. One of the more common errors that may surprise you is that the game gets stuck on the loading screen in an endless loop. The only remedy then is to reset your computer. We have taken this issue seriously and created this guide to help you successfully launch the game and continue enjoying it.

Why is my Dota 2 stuck on the loading screen?

The most common reasons why Dota 2 gets stuck on the loading screen are:

  • incompatible pc specification
  • outdated GPU driver
  • corrupted game files or system files
  • wrong in-game configuration
  • too many apps running in the background

How do I fix it if my Dota 2 is stuck on the loading screen?

Always do a few simple things before actually troubleshooting, such as:

Now, if the problem persists, do the following steps:

  1. Update GPU driver
  2. Repair game files
  3. Repair system files
  4. Change launch options for game
  5. Disable overlay apps

1. Update GPU driver

If you don’t remember the last time you updated your GPU drivers, then know that outdated drivers can be one of the leading causes when Dota 2 is stuck on the loading screen. Do following:

1. Right-click on Windows Start and choose Device Manager.

2. Double-click on Display adapters to expand.

Dota 2 is stuck on the loading screen - Update GPU driver

3. Right-click on your GPU and click Update driver.

4. Choose Search automatically for drivers and wait to complete the update.

Dota 2 is stuck on the loading screen - Search automatically for drivers

A much simpler, faster, and more reliable way to update all your system drivers is to use the PC HelpSoft tool. This helpful tool will ensure that you always have all the drivers in your Windows system up to date.

⇒ Get PC HelpSoft

2. Repair game files

Dota 2 will likely get stuck on the loading screen or even crash without error if one or more game files are corrupted or missing. Verify and repair corrupted game files as follows:

1. Launch the Steam client and go to the game library.

2. Right-click on Dota 2 and select Properties from the context menu.

Dota 2 is stuck on the loading screen - Game Properties

3. Select Local Files and click on Verify integrity of game files.

Dota 2 is stuck on the loading screen -  verify game files

4. This process may take a few minutes until Steam verifies all your game files. Once the verification is complete, try launching Dota 2 to check if it is still stuck on the loading screen.

3. Repair system files

Time needed: 5 minutes

If Dota 2 is stuck on the loading screen, besides checking the game files, check if you have missing or corrupted system files.

  1. Type cmd in the Windows search bar.

    Right-click on the Command Prompt and select Run as administratorRun CMD

  2. Open Command Prompt

    Type; sfc /scannow in the Command Prompt and press Enter.SFC

  3. Scan system files

    Wait for System File Checker (SFC) to scan and possibly repair your system files, hoping this process will resolve the issue.SFC result

4. Change launch options for game

If Dota 2 gets stuck on the loading screen, we recommend launching the game with the -autoconfig launch option. Do the following:

1. Launch Steam, and go to the game LIBRARY.

2. Right-click on Dota 2 and select Properties from the context menu.

Dota 2 Game Properties

3. Navigate to the GENERAL option and type -autoconfig in the LAUNCH OPTIONS box.

Dota 2 Launch Options

4. Click the Play button to check if you can start your game without issues.

5. Disable overlay apps

The overlay option allows you to stream, record and take screenshots from games. However, sometimes overlapping applications can cause problems, so we recommend you turn them off to check if they affect Dota 2 launch. Do following:

👉 Steam overlay

1. Open the Steam launcher and choose the Settings option.

Dota 2 is stuck on the loading screen - Steam client Settings

2.  Click the In-Game tab and uncheck the Enable the Steam Overlay while in-game.

Dota 2 is stuck on the loading screen - DIsable Steam Overlay

👉 Disable Xbox Game Bar

1. Press the Windows + I keys on the keyboard to open the Settings menu.

2. Click on the Gaming option.

Gaming Option

3. Ensure that the Xbox Game Bar toggle is set to OFF.

Xbox game bar

👉 Disable NVIDIA overlay

1. Right-click the NVIDIA system tray icon and select NVIDIA GeForce Experience.

2. Log in to your NVIDIA account and click the Gear icon (settings) on the top right.

3. Disable the toggle IN-GAME OVERLAY in the GENERAL tab.

Nvidia overlay

👉 Disable AMD overlay

1. Click the AMD systray icon to open the Radeon driver software.

2. Locate the General option in the menu and toggle off In-Game Overlay.

Dota 2 AMD overlay

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In this article, we have exhausted all options to solve the issue of Dota 2 being stuck on the loading screen. If you have a different solution to this problem, comment below.

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