Online mode crash on PC

Right now I really want to play KI, I like what I see of it- but online crashes 50% of time consistently at the start of online matches.

The crash occurs at the character select screen, always around the second time the logo spins at the bottom for loading.

I have GTS 960 , latest drivers for video card- system runs KI perfectly offline , my network connection is solid - no issues there.

Does anyone know what the exact issue is (I’m guessing others have had this), and what is the workaround?