How to Fix Escape From Tarkov Backend Error

Tired of the constant backend error messages in Escape From Tarkov? Here is a possible fix before we get the official patch.

The already notorious backend error in Escape From Tarkov appears due to problems with server connectivity. The error occurs when the connection between the user's computer and the game's server fails, which crashes the game. Here's a possible solution that can fix the Escape From Tarkov backend error.

This error may manifest in many different ways. You can get pop-up messages saying it is not possible to get data. At other times, it reports that the game could not unzip a backend response. Sometimes it shows other error codes like 502 bad gateway.

Step 1: Check Your Connection

Before doing anything, it is recommended to do a simple troubleshoot of your internet connection. You can do the following:

  • Restart the game
  • Restart your computer
  • Reboot your router
  • If you're using WiFi connection, temporarily reconnect the computer via wired connection

Step 2: Check Your Firewall

In some cases, Escape From Tarkov shows the backend error message due to a conflict with antivirus software (such as Norton or McAfee) or Windows Firewall. In the latter, “Backend error: the request timed out. Couldn`t read error message since WebException. Response or response stream is null" is what you'll typically see.

If this is the case, follow these steps:

  1. Right-click on the Escape From Tarkov game folder on your hard-drive
  2. Select Properties
  3. Click the Security tab
  4. Click Advanced and Change next to the owner name
  5. Select Advanced and Find Now
  6. Select your username and click OK
  7. Click Add and Select a principal
  8. Click Advanced and choose Find Now
  9. Select your username and click OK

Now you have full control of this folder. Do the following:

  1. Go to Control Panel.
  2. Click Windows Firewall.
  3. Click Advanced Settings.
  4. Select Inbound Rules
  5. Select New Rule.
  6. Select Escape From Tarkov from the Rule Type window, then click Next.
  7. Click Browse for \Battlestate Games\EFT\EscapeFromTarkov.exe
  8. Select Allow the connection

If that doesn't work, the developers should releases an official patch that will solve the problem, though we don't currently know when a patch might be coming.

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That's it on how to fix the backend error in Escape From Tarkov. For more on the early access battle royale title, check out this guides page.

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Sergey has been a freelancer in the video games industry for more than five years, writing for various publications around the world. His favorite games are MtG, Dark Souls, Diablo, and Divinity: Original Sin. Sergey doesn't own consoles because a PC is all he needs.

Published Jan. 27th 2020

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