It doesn't require an always online connection to play, it just auto connects to the servers to display leaderboard stuff in game. http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=579211937 I think you're confusing the auto connect that people were complaining about with always online DRM. This game, if it loses the connection (it did a lot at launch), will automatically retry to connect every time you open a menu, making it really slow to just check your map. It also increases the startup times of the game. Best to just block it with windows firewall.