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Steam Authentication Failed

Postby toastpaint » Wed Sep 16, 2015 11:21 am

Hi Guys,

I recommended a mate grab DEFCON and he was faced with this issue where Steam Authentication is attempted, but fails. I luckily already have my authkey, but the message still appears in the top-left corner of the main menu. Removing the Authkey results in both failure to get Steam Auth, and Game auth.

This is my debug.txt:

Defcon 1.61 STEAM built Dec 1 2011
Parsing archive main.dat...DONE
Found language 'english' with caption 'English' in 'data/language/english.txt'
Found language 'french' with caption 'Français' in 'data/language/french.txt'
Found language 'german' with caption 'Deutsch' in 'data/language/german.txt'
Found language 'italian' with caption 'Italiano' in 'data/language/italian.txt'
Found language 'spanish' with caption 'Español' in 'data/language/spanish.txt'
WinSock started
Client listening on port 5011
Parsing Coastline data (1776 islands) : 21ms
Parsing International data (2753 islands) : 8ms
Parsing City data (2745 cities) : 10ms
Parsing archive sounds.dat...DONE
Authentication key set : 'STEAMR-ICLIYM-PYTSMV-OVPNJU-VOF'
WinSock started
Connection established to MetaServer on port 5008. Listening on Port 5009
Steam Authentication Initiated
Steam Authentication : Logging On To Steam
Steam Authentication : Getting Steam Id
Requesting data from MetaServer : LatestVersion
Requesting data from MetaServer : MOTD
Steam Authentication : SteamID = ID WITHHELD
Steam Authentication : Getting Steam3 Auth
Steam Authentication : Requesting Authentication
Received data from MetaServer : LatestVersion
Received data from MetaServer : MOTD
Requesting authentication of key STEAM*-KEY-WITHHELD
Received Authentication : STEAM*-KEY-WITHHELD : (keyID 9172546) : Accepted
Authentication HashToken set to HASHTOKENWITHHELD
Requesting data from MetaServer : UpdateURL
Received data from MetaServer : UpdateURL
Steam Authentication FAILED
CLIENT : Disconnected
Disconnected from MetaServer

This issue is also being reported on the Steam-based forums here: ... 923072570/

Cheers, and I look forward to being able to play with my mate soon :)
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Re: Steam Authentication Failed

Postby kudayta » Sat Sep 19, 2015 2:23 am

This happens from time to time. The only solution is to keep trying until you get an ACCEPTED message in the top left.

It shouldn't matter though, you should still be able to play as a DEMO user, and there's no restrictions on those users (or very few).
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Re: Steam Authentication Failed

Postby Sav-T » Fri Jan 06, 2017 10:33 am

I received this message and now I have no cd key what so ever and it only allows me to play the demo, any help or ideas
would be great.

I have already verified cache (steam version).
I have restarted the game and computer several times.
I have reinstalled the game several times.
I tried the fix that was put on this website of deleting the authkey from the folder in steam but that didn't do anything.

Any help would be great!

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