Valve rolls out new Steam Chat filters

Valve rolls out new Steam Chat filters

Valve has released its new chat filtering system to all users on Steam.

In a post on the Steam website, the company said that messages featuring "strong profanity and slurs" from people who aren't on your friends list are obscured. Users can customise what words are censored.

"You can also select the type of language that is filtered," Valve said.

"And because each player’s tolerance for difficult words is unique, we’ve included the ability to add or remove words to form your personal filter. You may also upload lists of words or phrases from other sources, enabling groups and communities to work together to define and share your own sets of language guidelines. We believe this level of control is especially important given that language is constantly evolving and is used differently among various communities around the world. With Steam chat filtering, we've made sure you can choose to filter language as much as you want, or not at all."

Valve announced this new feature in August when it rolled it out to its experimental Steam Labs area. The tech was initially developed for its own titles, like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Dota 2, as well as Bungie's Destiny 2.

PCGamesInsider Contributing Editor

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 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, VGC, Games London, The Observer/Guardian and Esquire UK.