This issue did not occur until the recent update (oct 17 patch) I'm having an issue where my client seems to crash after just <5 mins of gameplay. It's a serious crash that freezes up my entire system. When it happens, the game slows to a crawl (<1fps) and after a few seconds completely freezes, and hangs my entire system. In order to avoid needing a complete reboot, I need to hit alt+f4 before my keyboard drivers freeze with the game. I don't know the exact nature of the issue, but it seems to be related to sound processing. When it happened I noticed that my mic stopped working on discord (requiring a restart to reactivate) and my pulseaudio-equalizer (ladspa) also crashed, which implies that pulseaudio itself crashed as well. Help would be greatly appreciated. Hardware: CPU: Intel i7-4790k GPU: 980-Ti (proprietary driver version 396.54.09 ) RAM: 16GB Sound Card: Intel Corporation 8 Series/C220 Series Chipset High Definition Audio Controller (rev 04) The sound driver in use is snd-hda-intel. I have tried using a trick I found on the internet, running steam/the game with this variable set: It had no noticable effect on the issue I also tried disabling pulse and running the game with just alsa. It seemed to run maybe a little longer but the end result was the same. I also tried using native runtimes instead of steam, that also had no effect. Next I tried running the game with --no-audio. Besides the fact that I had no sound, the issue remained the same, strangely enough. I am completely out of ideas now. My earlier deduction that it might be sound related is probably off all things considered, after all, when this thing happens to prevent my system from going on complete lockdown I have to hit alt+f4 before my keyboard drivers freeze, in essence, it could be anything, this crash is clogging up the entire system, it's insane.