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News video games 13 December 2023, 04:12

author: Marcin Przala

Steam to Expand Parental Control Options [Update: New Details]

According to creator of SteamDB, developers at Valve are currently working on expanding the parental control options on Steam, which will add two useful features.

Source: Steam/Valve.


Pavel Djundik has provided additional information on expanded parental control mode on Steam. A new message on X reads that it "will be called Steam Families and will allow for sharing games on Steam with up to 5 other household members and managing parental control for children in the family. Parental control is expected to include limits on playing time, restricting access to certain features and games."

In addition, at the time of game purchase we will be able to mark, whether it will be assigned to the account under the old conditions, whether it is a gift for someone else or whether it will be assigned to the account as private (invisible to the outside world).

Original news (November 1)

Creator of popular analytics website SteamDB, Pavel Djundik, announced via Twitter/X, that Valve is moving to introduce an expanded parental control mode on its platform.

Valve is to introduce, first of all, two new options for those using the family mode, which, on the one hand, will improve the control of a child's activities on Steam, and on the other hand, will help kids transparently communicate their gaming needs.

  • The first option is to enable the caregivers to set a daily limit on the amount of time their kids can spend playing.
  • The second concerns requests from children, who will be able to inform their parents via the platform that they want a particular game.

Let me remind you that in the current version - both in the app and on the - on Steam website there is a so-called family mode, through which it is only possible to block access to some elements of the platform. The restriction can include the store, friends list, selected games (or all of them), as well as social options.

During this mode, access to previously blocked functions can be obtained only by entering a four-digit PIN code, which was set by the account owner or its guardian.

You can read more about the currently functioning parental controls on Steam here.

  1. Steam - official website

Marcin Przała

Marcin Przała

Graduate of Journalism and Social Communication at the Pontifical University of John Paul II in Krakow. He has been interested in games from an early age, and Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and Dragon Age: Origins hold a special place in his heart. His passion for electronic entertainment led to the phenomenon of immersion becoming the subject of his bachelor's thesis. Today, above all, a fan of soulslike and classic RPGs. Besides games, he likes dark fantasy literature, and for many years he has been eagerly following the English Premier League, where his beloved club - Chelsea - plays.