The Showdown Effect

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The Showdown Effect
The Showdown Effect cover
Arrowhead Game Studios
Paradox Interactive
Release dates
Windows March 5, 2013
macOS (OS X) March 5, 2013
The Showdown Effect on Wikipedia

Key points

The game features the ability to stream directly to Twitch.
Due to severe lag compensation in multi-player games and reliance on P2P hosting instead of using dedicated servers, players with higher ping are likely to warp around the map and simultaneous kills may happen.

General information

Steam Community Discussions
Official forum
Official website


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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macOS (OS X)
All versions require Steam DRM.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\Arrowhead\TheShowdownEffect\user_settings.conf
macOS (OS X) ~/Library/Application Support/Arrowhead/TheShowdownEffect/user_settings.config
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/204080/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\Arrowhead\TheShowdownEffect\
macOS (OS X) ~/Library/Application Support/Arrowhead/TheShowdownEffect/
Steam <Steam-folder>/userdata/<user-id>/204080/remote/saves/
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/204080/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Video settings.
Video settings.
Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Black bars on the sides of the screen.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
The window is fully resizable.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS

Additional settings[edit]

Further configuration options can be found in the config file.
SSAO (Screen Space Ambient Occlusion)[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open user_settings.conf (Windows) or user_settings.config (OS X)
  3. Set ssao_enabled to true.

Input settings[edit]

Input settings.
Input settings.
Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Developer has mentioned intention to implement controller support.[1]

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.
Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Effects, voices, music and ambiance.
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
LAN play
Online play
8 Versus, Co-op

Connection types

Issues unresolved[edit]

Freezing on OS X[edit]

Freezes randomly on OS X.[2] The issue still hasn't been addressed in recent updates.

Issues fixed[edit]

Game crashes on start-up[edit]

The game happens to crash on some setups.
Game crashes on start-up[3]

A possible fix is removing all game files via Steam and reinstalling the game again.

Game crashes on start-up on a multi-monitor set-up[citation needed]

Make sure that the screen the game is supposed to appear on is enabled, otherwise the game will crash. Alternatively, change the setting in the config found here.

Black screen on launch[edit]

In some cases, the game may launch to a black screen with all the sounds still playing.
Black screen on launch[citation needed]

This can often be fixed by switching to windowed mode. To do this, open the config file and set the option fullscreen to false.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 10, 11
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)


Middleware Notes
Physics PhysX

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) 2.4 GHz Dual Core
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 9800
ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT
512 MB of VRAM
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.7
Processor (CPU) 2.4 GHz Dual Core
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 9800
ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT
512 MB of VRAM


  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/204080/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (204080) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.