Steam workshop distribution/CDN?

  • Steam workshop distribution/CDN? Automatic

    Does anyone know how the Steam workshop CDN works?

    I use the Miami Steam server because I'm in Florida, and, with games I get a good 3.5MB/s download speed, however, with the Steam workshop items I get barely 700KB/s. Does anyone know the reasoning for this? Is it because they don't distribute content globally for user based items? Or, is it because they're smaller objects (~100MB vs ~8GB)? Or 'because Valve'?

    (I did google first, all I see is a lot of people asking the same thing with no answers.)

  • Games are broken into many small parts which can be downloaded in parallel. Workshop items are a single large file which does not benefit from multiple HTTP connections.

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