Steam Update Sets New Rules For Game Developers To Follow

The update addresses a variety of player complaints, making the user experience better.

Story Highlights

  • Valve has launched a new update for Steam that adds new rules for game developers to follow while listing the entries on the store.
  • Two trailers will be shown first on the right side, and the rest of the trailers will be added at the end after the images section.
  • The update also adds categories that can be chosen for trailers. They will show up along with the name entered for the trailer.
  • The update seeks to improve the user experience by tackling the complaints reported by gamers. It will be less time-consuming to understand games in the store now.

Steam has recently received a new update that addresses a lot of the concerns reported by the players. It also adds new rules for game developers to follow on the store listings to ensure the viewers can have a more comfortable experience. The update addresses some minor yet viable needs of the player base so the experience becomes more user-friendly, as it adds a better way to manage game trailers for every listing.

The display of trailers on Steam store pages have been updated today to address some frustrations we’ve heard from players when trying to find gameplay videos or navigate to screenshots. These changes include new logic that determines the order of trailers and screenshots, plus the ability to specify a category for each trailer to show to players.”

The update reportedly makes the tedious task of finding screenshots or videos easier for players for game profiles, as the developers have to follow a set of rules for how it manages the trailers and videos. Now, the developers can only put a max of only two trailers to the left of screenshots. However, Valve does not set a limit for the number of trailers, as the rest of the footage can be put after the images for ease of access for users.

Valve advises developers to make it easier for gamers by filling the first trailer with full of gameplay moments, so the users can get a general gist of a game by spending less time on the Steam page. The company logos, narrative storylines, and other less notable things for gamers can be added in the second trailer. Moreover, Valve has added categories for the trailers, removing even more time needed to understand a title.

Now you can select a category for each trailer, specifying whether it is primarily gameplay, cinematics, teaser, or a combination of those. This category will be displayed, along with the name you entered for your trailer, in the video player on your game’s store page to help players identify the videos they are most interested in watching.”

The developers do not have to panic and rush to comply with the new changes in the update as long as the best two trailers were already shown at the front.

Steam continues to improve, and more updates, like a new notes feature, continue to be implemented. In the past, a Steam datamine revealed that a notes option, something akin to the feature available in Discord profiles, would be added to the store, and it made its way into the beta branch of the digital market only a few days ago. 

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