How to fix “Required network service has failed” in MW2

Gotta check that server status.

Getting interrupted by an Error Code in MW2 is one of the worst experiences ever. It's hard to get more angry than getting forced out of a game on Shipment right before getting a kill streak. A popular message going around is "Required network service has failed." Fortunately, though, it can be fixed easily.

Solutions for "Required network service has failed" in MW2

The reasons for this error message popping up in MW2 are unknown as of the moment. The solutions to this issue are all very simple, though. Players have likely read these before when dealing with other errors in Call of Duty or similar games. Here is what players can do to get rid of this error message:

  • Restart the game: Turning off the game and loading it back up usually resolves the issue.
  • Check the Internet Connection: This message can occur from a poor internet connection. It's always a good idea to check on the router and, if necessary, give the router a restart. Alternatively, players should always think about playing with an Ethernet cable, especially if they play MW2 on PC.

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  • Check for new updates: games like MW2 update regularly. Players could be seeing the "Required network service has failed" message because they are missing a new update and can't load onto multiplayer. In this case, back out of the game and check for any new updates that came for MW2.
  • Check the server status: Any time a player gets an error message in MW2, they should check the status of the server. This can be done by going to the Activision Online Services website. Fortunately, players can check the Warzone server with this same website.

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