[UPDATE] Modern Warfare 2 PS3 Multiplayer Totally Unplayable

After the second update arrived last night that fixed the trophy glitch, another huge complaint arises. Since multiplayer is a big factor in Modern Warfare 2, downloading the new update won’t get you access to the matchmaking allowing you not to play online. This is indeed annoying to the fans that bought this game just to play the multiplayer. Several PS3 owners including myself are utterly disappointed with this and we want Infinity Ward to fix this problem.

The game was rushed because there are a lot of things that don’t work. When is IW going to fix this? We don’t know but hopefully soon!

Upon logging into the multiplayer matchmaking screen, you will be greeted by the Online Status that will stay on your screen until you get tired of seeing it:

Fetching Playlist…
Updating Ranks and Unlocks…
Connecting to Matchmaking Sever Complete.

Hopefully the downtime is a sign that a new patch is on the way that fixes ALL OF THE ERRORS.

[UPDATE] >Randolph d’Amore of Activision stated that the there was a server outage and he doesn’t know when will the server will be back. There is no ETA but currently, they are adding more PS3 servers to meet the MP demand.

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[UPDATE] The server is up. It might take some time for you to connect but it’s getting there.

[Final UPDATE] fourzerotwo says: “PS3 Status update of the day: PSN Multiplayer should be running at full capacity. We expect smooth skies ahead.” “Full capacity means anyone who wants to join should be able to. No limit.” via twitter.
Invite issues will be addressed by the patch coming by end of the week.

[UPDATE] Modern Warfare 2 PS3 Multiplayer Totally Unplayable, 7.5 out of 10 based on 55 ratings
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84 Comments

  1. DJplute
    November 11, 2009, 11:42 AM

    10:45am est. – - – It’s still not working… (out)

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  2. paul
    November 11, 2009, 12:04 PM

    PSN is down until noon est. its not a game thing!

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  3. Matthew
    November 11, 2009, 12:10 PM

    16.10… still not working. getting ansy now.

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  4. kzzz
    November 11, 2009, 12:11 PM

    chill its probably just down for maintenance

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  5. Torgo
    November 11, 2009, 12:14 PM

    This sounds a lot like the error in CoD4. Try actually powering-down your router for about 30 seconds, then bringing it back up. IW likes to change things sometimes, and your router has info cached that has to be purged.

    It’s still ridiculous though :-(

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  6. Angel
    November 11, 2009, 12:15 PM

    Still down £44 to look at

    Fetching Playlist…
    Updating Ranks and Unlocks…
    Connecting to Matchmaking Sever Complete.

    lol.

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  7. AntAgonizer
    November 11, 2009, 12:51 PM

    Working great for me on XBL… oh, oops…

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  8. monstru88
    November 11, 2009, 1:11 PM

    got the same problem,: (

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  9. Deedz
    November 11, 2009, 1:13 PM

    Is this for all the people who install the update?

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  10. Deedz
    November 11, 2009, 1:13 PM

    Is this error for all the people who installed the update?

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  11. TDrennan
    November 11, 2009, 1:24 PM

    I got the same problem…occassionally it would update and then get me in a room with like 12 people and then boot me out with message saying visit infinityward.com/hostmigration to read more…well that site doesn’t work…irritated cause this is my first day off :(

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  12. JLM
    November 11, 2009, 1:30 PM

    Same thing happening on my end… I woke up this morning, fired up MW2 and realized there was a patch… downloaded it, restarted… fired up MW2 again, tried to get into multiplayer and was met with this BS. 90% of the reason I bought MW2 was for multiplayer, so this is a huge disappointment… hopefully this gets resolved ASAP.

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  13. Ross
    November 11, 2009, 1:42 PM

    I only bought this game for the multiplayer and now all ps3 users cant play the game they paid 45 quid for. Game shuda been delayed if it wasnt rdy to sell, u wudnt sell half a tv? y sell half a game

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  14. Milton
    November 11, 2009, 1:49 PM

    same problem , cant play online after the patch, and today is my day off , come on guys

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  15. Tyler
    November 11, 2009, 1:53 PM

    A game of this hype should not have so many internal issues.
    Of course, all new games come with glitches and such, but things like trophy problems, invite problems, CONNECTION PROBLEMS; all of that shit should have been discovered and dealt with long before the game was released.

    IW needs to get their shit together.

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  16. Dontworrystill
    November 11, 2009, 1:55 PM

    Same problem here it’s it’s now 1:00

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  17. david macholecki
    November 11, 2009, 2:02 PM

    I had played this for almost 16 hours before i did the update to 1.02 and found i could no longer play online,getting the same screen as mentioned by angel hope this gets fixed soon as possible cos im am getting p*****d off with the situation when will companies learn that with out customers there would not be any company and so they should at least playtest properly before bring out a new update that does more damage than good.also does anyone of the above have an original 60gb ps3

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  18. Dsmoovy
    November 11, 2009, 2:05 PM

    And after 5 mins of looking at the message, you get:

    Notice
    Your sign in status has changed, returning to the main menu.

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  19. the man
    November 11, 2009, 2:07 PM

    yeah i think its pretty messed up… why release an update that breaks multiplayer? what is the dev team doing before they put out updates to people; especially if they preodered it… but they got their money so they are happy… enjoy single player or get an xbox

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  20. ABear
    November 11, 2009, 2:10 PM

    yeahh i got this problem, its been ages now, surely infinity ward should have their whole team of developers set on fixing this?!
    and david i have an original 60gb why

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  21. the man
    November 11, 2009, 2:11 PM

    Tyler I agree sounds like a pretty crappy QA team that tested it before they put out a patch… lets put out an update…. oh yeah we forgot to test multiplayer on PS3 doesn’t work… IW disappointed… maybe I should get on cod WaW. Put out a better quality game at launch next time IW the game shouldn’t be that buggy… all this stuff should have been cleared with a game with this much hype.

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  22. yup
    November 11, 2009, 2:12 PM

    total BS

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  23. Corey
    November 11, 2009, 2:22 PM

    Same here im really annoyed i took a day of school for this and it dont even work im level 38 and 11,000th in the world for score and theres rumors of a leaderboard reset lmao and infinity ward better feel stupid for thinking “ooo were to good we dont need a BETA” well ya fucking needed one then all this woudlnt of happened it would be fine and we would all be playing the game weve been waiting for months to get .

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  24. Sined
    November 11, 2009, 2:32 PM

    The time is 18:32 and it still doesn’t work, i had a mate at my house that has Xbox 360 and probably he will now be bitching that xbox don’t get these problems… oh my god sick of waiting :(

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  25. Sined
    November 11, 2009, 2:35 PM

    the time i gave was one in britain ;)

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  26. JLM
    November 11, 2009, 2:45 PM

    Infinity Ward’s MW2 PS3 forum is completely swamped. Hopefully if we get enough people to post over there and make enough noise, the problem will get fixed quicker, or at least addressed by an IW representative or something.

    http://www.infinityward.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=28

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  27. Ryan
    November 11, 2009, 2:54 PM

    This is really p***ing me off. I had a day off school today and figured I’d play MW2 all day, as I had it pre-ordered and waited in line yesterday. I played last night fine. Now, it don’t work. I’m surprised it’s not fixed by now. Very disappointed in IW.

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  28. Niclas
    November 11, 2009, 3:02 PM

    I have the same problem i Sweden. And Infinity Wards forum is crashing probobly due to a massive overload of anfru MW2 users wonddering what the hell is going on. This really sucks bigtime!!!

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  29. Niclas
    November 11, 2009, 3:04 PM

    It sholud by angry and wondering. My spelling seems to get really bad due to the lack of seriuos gaming action. ;-)

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  30. xbox live is fine
    November 11, 2009, 3:07 PM

    People bring up the price of xbox live at $50 a year as being a problem, but its only the price of one extra game a year, $4 a month. Biggest game of the year and PSN is bugging out… ouch. glad i bought mw2 on my 360 instead of on my ps3.

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  31. Pit
    November 11, 2009, 3:10 PM

    Is the special ops Two players online working?

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  32. Pete COD: [420]ICEMUD
    November 11, 2009, 3:10 PM

    I am completely irritated with the Multiplayer being completely fubar!!! I bought the game at midnight on the release date, went home popped it in and as a huge multiplayer fan with a kick ass clan I was looking forward to meeting up with my COD WAW clan and running game on people.. Well first thing I notice is the retarded ass way of adding a friend. It completely backs you out of the game to your ps3 friends list and you have to send them a message as your add??!!! Come on IW, you gotta be kidding that you couldn’t have found a way to integrate this in the game like all of the previous ones??? Stupid!!! And then I see all of my clan online and started to invite them to my lobby and nobody shows up?? So on the release date we cant even add our friends to the multiplayer??? Stupid!! Then I have the day off work and look forward to multiplayer today all day and I start the game and it updates a 15MB update, very quick and I go to multiplayer and try to get in a game and multiplayer is completely down!!! Are you serious, Again Stupid!!! Infinity Ward…Fix this problem!!! Most people play Call of Duty for the multiplayer… you sold us less than half a product and I feel ripped off!! I will say that the 1 hour I spent playing the multiplayer I was pleased with the gameplay, amount of things you can customize, the graphics and maps are amazing so I have to give credit on that, but now I can’t even play??? when are we going to get an update>> I tried to log on to infinity wards website and that seems to be down too…wow…someone grabbed the money and skipped town on us…

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  33. Suup10
    November 11, 2009, 3:17 PM

    Same problem in Holland, I’ve played this morning though.
    Brittain time: 19:16

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  34. Jon Christopher
    November 11, 2009, 3:19 PM

    There is an regarding to the PS3 not connecting online. Please scroll up to read the statement from Activision Support.

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  35. kylerelisys
    November 11, 2009, 3:21 PM

    pain in the padded ass!
    hope they fix it soon, daddy like online cod!

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  36. not this again
    November 11, 2009, 3:38 PM

    Oh wow you think they wouldve been prepared for this, since cod4….? And then all the hype they pumped in with the preorders. What a big let down really, and pretty lame that they cant even prepare for this.

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  37. pupie
    November 11, 2009, 3:44 PM

    still doens’t work hopefully this gets resolved ASAP……

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  38. 7H3 600D 50LD13R
    November 11, 2009, 3:56 PM

    Settle down guys…I know it sucks, but just be patient. Go for a run or something….put down the chips and coke. You will be able to play…just a little waiting is all you need to do. The single player isn’t that boring.

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  39. GreyFox666
    November 11, 2009, 4:04 PM

    its not the update…. i updated mines last night around the time it dropped and i was still playing fine… my cousin was playin from 8-9 this morn b4 he had to leave… so it definitly wasnt the update…

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  40. Jon Christopher
    November 11, 2009, 4:05 PM

    It wasn’t the update. It was the server overloading. IT seems that the servers can’t handle that much so they are now getting more servers to meet the demand

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  41. jaquass
    November 11, 2009, 4:11 PM

    there’s a way u can get back on line. call 1-619-632-3754. cali and i’ll give u directions on what to do. it’s only temporary but it’ll get u back online. ur deleting the last update 1.02

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  42. siy
    November 11, 2009, 4:17 PM

    myn crashes my ps3 wen i clic on multi player is any 1 eleses doin that plz excuse pore spelling

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  43. PPNSteve
    November 11, 2009, 8:12 PM

    Sorry about the outage, we got hammered.. Its fixed more or less now, so comment away!

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  44. mikejacksonghost
    November 11, 2009, 9:06 PM

    Still not working playstation should have a e-mail alert system to inform people so you won’t reset their routers, and modems.

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  45. T_UnGz
    November 11, 2009, 9:20 PM

    yea i am NOT happy about this. i worked 12 out of the 24 hours in a day and i still need sleep… when i come home i dont want to have to deal with this BS. Please IW…. even tho youre going to wether i say this or not. FIX THE DAMN SERVERS. Thanks.

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  46. T_UnGz
    November 11, 2009, 9:22 PM

    i ment to say work*** ( ok i lied a bit, but i wake up at 6 and don’t get home till 5 ) sheesh.

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  47. Jon Christopher
    November 12, 2009, 12:15 AM

    The server is now UP.

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  48. Half-Breed
    November 12, 2009, 3:20 AM

    I love how the server OVERLOADS for half a day and everyone flips out like it’s the end of the world. People it’s a new game. Thousands of people bought it. It’s the hugest online game this year. This was bound to happen on day 2. Those who capped on IW chill out. At least they pay attention to their customers unlike some other developers.

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  49. Roger
    November 12, 2009, 5:09 AM

    I hope so, now eating but i want too play now ! :) ,, hopefully the party’s gonna work! cause that doesnt works also!

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  50. goomba
    November 12, 2009, 6:39 AM

    working nowwwwww

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  51. laker here !
    November 12, 2009, 12:00 PM

    this is completely and uterly silly,

    why the fuck did they release the gsme so early if they new that there was still falt’s, and changes DID need too be made,

    they realy do need to get there priorities right if they want to sell a desent game.

    i have played call of duty since the first 1 and i find this sooo… stupid !!!!

    im just glad that they’ve fixed the problem, and i hope, wait, pray that this doesn’t happen again,

    bring on COD6 !!!!

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  52. laker here !
    November 12, 2009, 12:01 PM

    this is completely and uterly silly,

    why the fuck did they release the gsme so early if they new that there was still falt’s, and changes DID need too be made,

    they realy do need to get there priorities right if they want to sell a desent game.

    i have played call of duty since the first 1 and i find this sooo… stupid !!!!

    im just glad that they’ve fixed the problem, and i hope, wait, pray that this doesn’t happen again,

    bring on COD6 !!!!

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  53. mrcaffrey
    November 12, 2009, 6:25 PM

    right fer enough m w 2 wont work online but now i cant play any c o d online thats just taking the piss

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  54. stillwaiting
    November 12, 2009, 7:08 PM

    Damn….. its 5:06pm and am still waiting to get online

    Online Status:
    Fetching Playlists…
    Updating Rank and Unlocks Complete.
    Connecting to Matchmaking Server Complete.

    at the bottom of the screen it says

    0/254361 total players in playlists
    344734 total players online

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  55. k-mitch
    November 12, 2009, 9:30 PM

    I don’t think people should be SO mad at IW. These sorts of things happen and it’s not as easy as you might think to fix them before launch. There’s just certain factors that they just can’t account for until it’s released to the public. Plus they’re working round the clock releasing patches and updates to everyone in regards to fixing the problems.

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  56. Isuckatgaming
    November 13, 2009, 2:27 AM

    Hmmm. Works perfectly on XBL.

    PSN = OWNED.

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  57. Markus
    November 13, 2009, 6:04 AM

    Servers go down = Broken game?
    *facepalm*

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  58. Josh
    November 13, 2009, 4:42 PM

    This is unacceptable, i still cant get online

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  59. Matt
    November 13, 2009, 5:19 PM

    It was down for a day tops. Biggest selling game in history, this is going to happen. Cry about it

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  60. maermo
    November 13, 2009, 10:23 PM

    fucking shockin, update 1.03 completely crashes my ps3!!!
    it freezes while searching matches. of all the attempts i’ve made to find a game, i have only managed two fuckin matches!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  61. saka
    November 14, 2009, 1:19 PM

    can’t get online:

    online status window
    fetching playlists…
    updating ranks and unlocks…
    matchmaking server…

    AND NOTHING… i’ve had the game for 5 days and can’t play online. this is bullocks. update 1.03 didn’t work for me… at all.

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  62. edvian
    November 14, 2009, 6:09 PM

    wont work still.. it is now the 15th of november.. WTFFF!!!im still stuck on the connecting to match making server

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  63. saka
    November 14, 2009, 8:18 PM

    do someone has updated news on this matter. a lot of ppl are able to play, but some of us can’t.

    i’m calling activision support number tommorrow for sure, if someones wants to do the same the number is (310) 255-2050

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  64. Hughes
    November 15, 2009, 1:36 PM

    Its Novemeber 15th and i cant access the best part of call of duty. My buddy has had no problem comnnecting and has played since we picked it up. I on the other hand am stuck at the onlin e status bar and have been that way for 3 days. Dont realease a game especially as big as call of duty without having the neccessary requirments so we can be allowed to play. Its ridiculous i’ve bought a 60 dollar game to access half of it.

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  65. Tom
    November 16, 2009, 11:10 AM

    I have the same problem, I’m stuck on the connecting to matchmaking server since 2 days. Friday I had no problem playing online. All of my friends are able to play, but I can’t. Are there any updates of information about this from Activision? (Saka did you call them?)

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  66. Ryan
    November 16, 2009, 6:37 PM

    I am having the same problem i get stuck at the updating rank box its the dam serves they suck just got to wait some can play others cant because of the high play volume all we can do is wait

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  67. edvian
    November 17, 2009, 12:05 AM

    uhh guys… i returned my modern warfare 2 two days ago, and i bought another copy of it and it works fine now… i think some discs were faulty… try return or exchange ur mw2 unit for another one… just think of it.. they sold over millions of copies in the first week of its realease, so chances are that there are bound to be a few faulty discs.. good luck

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  68. Ryan
    November 17, 2009, 2:09 AM

    I dont think it can be the disk because i was able to get online the first 2 days and after the server crash it went down still down i think they need to fix the servers alot get on some dont get on please help!!

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  69. edvian
    November 17, 2009, 9:03 AM

    OMG yeh ur right…it wont work now.. i called activision.. sand the dude said sumthing about a closed port or sumthing, ugh i seriously dont know. but im just gna wait when i get a new router, gaming can wait :)

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  70. chris
    November 17, 2009, 11:44 AM

    this is BS!! i beat the game twice already n im actually starting to get bored with it…i mean its nice n all but the story iz completely too short and they kno most ppl want the game for the online play anyway!! how could u realease a game as big as this and let customers down on one of the most important aspects of the product…i hope they fix this by friday, if not im jus gonna return it(*_*)

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  71. Ryan
    November 19, 2009, 10:32 PM

    somone help

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  72. Pjotras
    November 20, 2009, 6:02 AM

    Yo guys. If you still have problems with connecting to mw2 servers (Fetching playlist, updating rank etc.) don’t blame your ps3 or IW. you have to reconfigure your internet connection, router.i had this same problem but than my neighbour provided me his internet connection and i works fine. try opening ports, unlocking NAT. good luck

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  73. flounder
    November 30, 2009, 12:47 AM

    Hi, is anyone still having this problem? I’ve only started having this problem this past week. Lost about 20 games last night due to this. I’ve asked a friend who also has MW2 and he has no problems. In a middle of a game and it kicks me out: Error: lost server connection.

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  74. Lolol
    December 2, 2009, 2:30 AM

    Same problem on xbox

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  75. mood
    December 2, 2009, 5:27 PM

    guys..how do u download the patch!?!?! Please help!!

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  76. me
    December 5, 2009, 11:40 PM

    is anyone else having trouble getting into a game with a party?

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  77. Jblake
    December 8, 2009, 8:44 PM

    Yeah Just bought the game its December 08, Multiplayer dosnt work. Constantly says fetching game. So i wait for it to fetch but like a retared dog it doesnt fetch anthing. Im Waiting….. what do i do?

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  78. Paiser
    December 16, 2009, 6:37 PM

    I still can’t connect to Multiplayer, it even kicks me out of the Internet Access point!!!
    this is a problem that I’ve had with COD WAW and COD MW2.
    Are they so weak they can’t fix this problem or what?! Such a waste of money.
    If this problem doesn’t get fixed, I’m never gonna Buy any game from them anymore!!!

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  79. David Hooper
    January 16, 2010, 1:56 PM

    I`ve been playing for about 3 weeks now and did`nt have a problem intill just now. The game jumps in and out of server. that bites why ?

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  80. bart
    April 16, 2010, 6:18 PM

    ive never had a problem until like 2 days ago i get signed out like every 10 minutes and it keeps saying its having a problem with actavision why is that i also have a 100 percent connection all the time IM VERY DISAPPOINTED with this PS3 im most likly going to sell it and go back to xbox live

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  81. bart
    April 16, 2010, 6:26 PM

    the creators and makers need to fix this problem im sick off being signed out all the time and when i go to get in a game online it doesnt load any and it says no games are found the only way i can play online is if one of my friends invite me and then i still get signed out and it says the SERVER HAS TIMED OUT im really upset with this problem how can it be fixed

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  82. mg
    April 16, 2010, 11:55 PM

    you guys still need fix the hosting problem. had i known i would have invested elsewhere . and no i wont disconnect my router everytime this happens ,it shouldn’t funtion this badly . would it make sense if one purchased a car, and it died every 10k and the dealer said just to disconnect and reconnect the batt everytime it happened . would you be happy the purchase?

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  83. daniel
    July 18, 2010, 12:38 PM

    no puedo jugar con mis amigos me sale error

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  84. he sniper
    August 5, 2010, 4:15 AM

    this is total bs it is now 4 13 am and eastern i just recived an update and did it now its doing this same bs come the hell on this is driveing me fu**ing crazy fix this crap asap just got the dam game today again hve two copies nothing works damit

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