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October 11, 2012
ABOUT Steamworks Development

Official Group for Steamworks Development Support

NOTE: This group is restricted and visible only to accounts with Steamworks access. Announcements however are public.

This community of Steamworks developers is intended for sharing information regarding Steam and Steamworks development.

Please use the Discussions to ask Steam and Steamworks related questions. You'll also find FAQs and responses to other common questions in there.

And we'll post announcements for relevant updates and changes involving Steamworks SDK.

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Content Ratings Requirement in Germany
What is Steam's Built-in Rating System?
Steam has a built in questionnaire that all new released games must complete as part of the release process. This questionnaire asks an assortment of questions about the content present in your game, and uses your answers to help players understand the content of your game. If you released a game on Steam prior to January 2020, you may not have filled in this information.

What is this questionnaire for?
This questionnaire serves a couple of purposes:

First, for developers to identify sensitive content that exists in their game so that customers can control the kinds of content they wish to see and not see when browsing the Steam store. The categories selected by game developers appear as options for players to enable or disable under store preferences. (You can check out the preference settings for your own Steam account)

Second, it provides Steam with more information to establish rating systems and content descriptors to display in the Steam store for customers in Brazil and Germany. These ratings and descriptors are based on criteria established in partnership with regulatory agencies and industry self-regulatory bodies in these countries.

How can I find my games that are missing this rating?
We've built a handy page here to help you find your games on Steam that do not yet have the necessary rating generated:

How do I get to the questionnaire?
Users with ‘edit app metadata’ permissions will find the new questionnaire under the "Content Survey" menu item on the landing page for any given product. Or you can use this link to see a full list of your games that are missing the required ratings for display in Germany: From that page, you can click on each game to navigate directly to the self-rating questionnaire for that game.

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If you have any questions, please contact us here.

Now out: Full list of official 2024 Steam events

Registration is now open for all of the events listed below, and you can start entering discounts as early as you like. Simply visit the links or take a look at your Discount Management page in Steamworks to view upcoming seasonal sales and themed events, along with the eligibility of your games. (For Steam Next Fest, there is a separate registration link for each edition.)

That said, if you aren't ready just yet, no worries: we'll still send registration invitation emails to the developers of eligible titles about 2 months ahead of each event (5 months ahead of a Next Fest).

And now without further ado:

Announcing the official Steam events of the back half of 2024
Full schedule of Steam events and sales for 2024 by month

Capitalism and Economy Fest: January 8 - 15 (Concluded!)
Pirates vs. Ninjas Fest: January 22 - 29 (Concluded!)
Next Fest: February 5 - 12 (Concluded!)

Remote Play Together: February 12 - 19 (Concluded!)
Dinos vs. Robots Fest: February 26 - March 4 (Currently underway!)

Steam Spring Sale: March 14 - 21 (major seasonal sale)
Deckbuilders Fest: March 25 - April 1

FPS Fest: April 15 - 22
Farming Fest: April 29 - May 6

Endless Replayability Fest: May 13 - 20
Open World Survival Crafting Fest: May 27 - June 3

Next Fest (June edition): June 10 - 17
Steam Summer Sale: June 27 - July 11 (major seasonal sale)

Tower Defense Fest: July 29 - August 5

Fighting Games Fest: August 5 - 12
Rhythm Fest: August 19 - 26

Space Exploration Fest: September 2 - 9
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles Fest: September 16 - 23
Turn-based RPG Fest: September 30 - October 7

Next Fest (October Edition): October 14 - 21
Steam Scream Fest 3 (cheekier name pending): October 28 - November 4

Cooking Fest: November 11 - 18
Steam Autumn Sale (major seasonal sale): November 27 - December 4

Steam Winter Sale (major seasonal sale): December 19 - January 2

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