How to fix “Match demo has expired” error in Counter-Strike 2 (CS2)
When you’re trying to get better at Counter-Strike 2, watching demos of your matches is very helpful. However, an error keeps popping up: “The match demo has expired and is no longer available for download.”
If you’re looking for a fix for this Match Demo error in CS2, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s everything we know about the Match Demo bug in CS2 and how to fix it.
Is match demo viewing temporarily disabled in CS2?
The match demo error only occurs when you are watching your matches in Counter-Strike 2. Match demo is currently disabled in CS2, which means there is no way to view replays of your matches.
On September 28, 2023, Valve disabled the demonstration of matches. Their explanation was to increase server capacity. While servers and matchmaking are a priority, it’s a shame that matches demos had to be temporarily disabled for everything to work properly, especially since CS2 is an export where coaches, players, and teams need to learn their gameplay frames.
To be clear, you cannot watch demos of matches online or offline, and you cannot download demos of matches. The best thing you can do for now is to record your own game footage and review it.
When will match demos be available in CS2?
It’s unclear when Valve will enable match demos in CS2. Since they are such an important part of the game for many people, I’m guessing the wait for match demos won’t be too long. I’d say the last time we’ll have to wait for CS2 match demos is December, but I could be wrong.
Considering match demos went dark at the end of September, you’d think they’d be back within a month. We may have to wait until the end of November, December, or even longer. Valve knows how important match demos are, so when they are confident that match demos won’t take up too many server resources, they will enable them again.