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Steam Lab's latest experiment is a platform-wide chat filter

Steam Lab's latest experiment is a platform-wide chat filter

Valve's latest experiment on Steam Labs is a chat filter that blocks profanity and slurs on the platform.

In a new blog post, the company discussed its 11th experiment, which takes the filter system it built for its own titles like Counter-Strike: GO and Dota, as well as Bungie's Destiny 2, and brings it to the entire Steam platform.

Users can customise their filter to control whether they see bad language or sluts and each person can customise the words that will be filtered out.

This follows Valve launching Steam Labs back in July 2019. Initially, it was largely focused on discoverability – something that developers had said had become an issue on the platform – with the company bringing these experimental changes to Steam in September of last year.

Other experiments since have included a News Hub, Steam Interactive Recommender and Play Next on the Steam Library. The firm is also bringing built-in beta tests to its platform.

At Devcom 2019, we caught up with Steam designer Alden Kroll to discuss the changes that Valve is making to its platform.


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Alex Calvin is a freelance journalist who writes about the business of games. He started out at UK trade paper MCV in 2013 and left as deputy editor over three years later. In June 2017, he joined Steel Media as the editor for new site PCGamesInsider.biz. In October 2019 he left this full-time position at the company but still contributes to the site on a daily basis. He has also written for GamesIndustry.biz, VGC, Games London, The Observer/Guardian and Esquire UK.

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