Mortal Kombat 1 Private Match Not Working Fix

Having connection issues in MK1? Here's how to fix private match not working.

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Mortal Kombat 1 offers multiple options of play, whether it’s single-player or against others in online multiplayer. Unfortunately, some players have reported issues when it comes to online play. Here’s how to fix private matches not working in MK1.

How to Fix Private Match Not Working in Mortal Kombat 1

Why Isn’t Private Match Working in MK1

If you’re having trouble with Private Matches, then the problem is likely due to the server or your internet connection. In the case of the former, there’s not much you can do but wait until they’re sorted out. It’s worth mentioning that for most players with these issues during the first week, it’s been the private match not working error has been server-side. In the case that it’s an issue with your connection, we suggest trying out the following troubleshooting methods.

Check Your Internet Connection 

One of the first steps in diagnosing the cause of the issue is to check your internet connection. An unstable internet connection can easily be the reason for your problem. Use a browser speed test or an app from your internet provider to ensure everything is running fine.

Those playing on a console can also check their connection straight from their platform of choice. Here’s how:

PlayStation 5

  • Home Screen > Settings > Network > Connection Status > Test Internet Connection

Xbox Series X|S

  • Home Screen > Settings > General > Network Settings > Test Network Speed & Statistics

Nintendo Switch

  • Home Menu > System Settings > Internet > Test Connection

Use an Ethernet Cable

A Wi-Fi connection can sometimes be unreliable, which is why we recommend using an ethernet cable if you can. The high precision required during fighting games already benefits immensely from a solid connection, and you’ll need that to pull off fatalities. That being said, Mortal Kombat 1 seems to suffer a bit more when someone is using Wi-Fi, from our experience. Consider switching to an ethernet cable to have the best possible environment to play in.

Related: Complete List of MK1 Fatalities

Reset your Router

Resetting your router can be just the fix you need if everything else is working as it should. As easy as it is to lampoon the advice of “turning it off and on again,” sometimes that’s exactly what’s needed with a router. Turn it off for about a minute, and then turn it back on. It will take a while for everything to connect and run again, but you might just find your problem solved.

That’s how to fix private match not working in Mortal Kombat 1. Hopefully, one of these methods worked for you! If you decide to play some single-player content while waiting for the servers to work, check out our Invasions breakdown. Everything else you need for this new timeline can be found in our kollection of MK1 guides.

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