Steamworks Documentation
Steam Tags
Tags are terms that can be applied to your game, and visible on your store page. Tags are an important set of metadata that helps describe a game to customers and helps Steam figure out how best to recommend your game. Below is some information on how tags work and some tools you have to manage them.

Applying tags

Tags can be applied to a game by the developer, by players with non-limited accounts, and by Steam moderators. This allows players to help mark up games with terms, themes, and genres that are relevant and help describe the game. As the developer of the game, you can also apply tags to your store page.

An infinite number of tags can be applied to your game, but only the top 20 are visible to users and are used by Steam to determine visibility. The tags and weight of tags may change over time as many users apply the same tag to your game, though it tends not to fluctuate too much over time.

Deciding which tags to apply

There is a global set of hundreds of approved tags that can be chosen from to apply to your game. It can be hard to decide which tags make sense for your game, so here are some general ideas on how to approach this:
  • Consult the Table of Tags at the bottom of this document, which breaks tags down into helpful categories.
  • Tag your game's genres, with particular attention to the most specific genre or sub-genre
    • Example: Super Meat Boy is an Action game, and it's also a Platformer, but it's most specifically a Precision Platformer. Braid, by contrast, is most specifically a Puzzle Platformer.
  • If your game is a hybrid of two genres or sub-genre, mark them both.
    • Example: Stardew Valley is a Farming Sim, but it's also a Life Sim (and arguably a Dating Sim).
  • Tag your game's relationship to time: is it Turn-Based, Real-Time, or Real-Time with Pause?
  • Tag your game's key visual properties, if applicable.
    • Dimensions: Is it principally 2D, 3D, or 2.5D?
    • Camera Perspective: Is it Third-Person, First-Person, Top-Down, Isometric, Side-Scroller?
    • Visual Style: Pixel Graphics, Realistic, Abstract, Anime, Cute, Stylized, Minimalist, etc?
  • And anything else you think is important, such as:
    • Level Design: Open World, Sandbox, Linear, Nonlinear, etc?
    • Mood: Relaxing, Funny,Horror, etc?
    • Theme: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Space, Zombies, Vampires, etc?

  • If you're having trouble thinking of tags that might make sense, take a look at similar games in Steam and note the tags that are applied to those games.

  • You can browse the list of popular tags to see if any apply to your game, or consult the comprehensive table at the bottom of this document.

A tag I want doesn't seem to exist. Can I add it?

Store tags that you can apply to your game fall into two categories: approved tags and unapproved tags.
  • Adding an approved tag to your game page will allow it to appear publicly and influence where your game shows up.
  • Adding an unapproved tag to your game page will allow that tag to only show up to you, and doesn't impact recommendations or store visibility.

Some users add unapproved tags to games, either because it's helpful for them to have some metadata attached to the game for their own purposes or because we've missed approving some useful tag that legitimately should apply to that game.

We're open to approving new tags on a case-by-case basis that make sense as attributes that can be applied to at least a few games. If you have something in mind that isn't already a public tag, please let us know in the Steamworks Discussions

Removing tags

As the developer of your game, you can remove any tag that users have applied that you don't think is accurate for your game.

To remove a tag, follow these instructions:

  1. Open the editor by clicking the plus sign next to the row of tags visible on your store page.

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  2. Hover over a tag in the list to see a flag icon. Click the flag icon to remove that tag.

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Tags and store visibility

The tags that are set on your game will impact where and how your game shows up. Steam uses this information to figure out which other games your game is most like and which browsing pages your game should appear on.

Order and weight of tags

You'll see the tags listed in a certain order. This is ordered by the amount of weight each tag has on your game, as a result of number of players applying that tag to your game. Also, when a developer applies a tag to a game, that tag is given extra weight so that you can have stronger influence over which tags are most relevant.

Tag page visibility

The top 15 tags on your game determine the tag pages that your game can appear on.

Recommendations

The top 15 tags applied to your game will impact which games Steam thinks are similar to yours. Here the order is less important than the overlap between multiple tags. So if your game has "Open World" and "Fantasy", Steam will be more likely to recommend your game to players that have previously played games tagged with "Open World" and "Fantasy". The more tags that overlap, the stronger the correlation and recommendation is for that user.

The recommendation engine also factors in less frequently used tags more than really common tags. So if you have "Action" applied to your game, it matters very little in how your game gets recommended because so many other games have "Action" applied to them. But if you have something like "Party-Based RPG" applied to your game, it has much more influence in matching up with other similar games because there aren't as many games tagged with that term.

The "More Like This" section

Similar to recommendations, Steam looks at the top 15 tags on your game to figure out which other game's pages yours should appear (and which other games should appear on your store page as similar). This is really helpful for players to compare similar games and also to be reassured that your game is similar to other games they might have enjoyed or are interested in.

Search results and filtering

You'll also notice when using search within Steam there is a list of tags on the right-hand side that you can select from to narrow down the results.

Tags are localized

The tags applied to your game may have different words in different languages. For example, the top tag on your game may be "RPG" in English, but it's called "Rollespil" in Danish. The order is the same, it's just the translation of the term that changes based on the language of the user.

Table of Tags

Genres

TagCategoryId
RPGTop-Level Genre122
StrategyTop-Level Genre9
CasualTop-Level Genre597
SimulationTop-Level Genre599
PuzzleTop-Level Genre1664
AdventureTop-Level Genre21
ActionTop-Level Genre19
SportsTop-Level Genre701
IndieGenre492
Beat 'em upGenre4158
RTSGenre1676
TriviaGenre10437
FPSGenre1663
eSportsGenre5055
Board GameGenre1770
ArcadeGenre1773
ShooterGenre1774
Character Action GameGenre3955
Word GameGenre24003
Action-AdventureGenre4106
TabletopGenre17389
Turn-Based StrategyGenre1741
FightingGenre1743
PlatformerGenre1625
2D PlatformerSub-Genre5379
Colony SimSub-Genre220585
SokobanSub-Genre1730
Mystery DungeonSub-Genre198631
Puzzle PlatformerSub-Genre5537
Point & ClickSub-Genre1698
3D FighterSub-Genre6506
City BuilderSub-Genre4328
Precision PlatformerSub-Genre3877
Hidden ObjectSub-Genre1738
Party-Based RPGSub-Genre10695
RoguevaniaSub-Genre922563
SpellingSub-Genre71389
Immersive SimSub-Genre9204
JRPGSub-Genre4434
Dungeon CrawlerSub-Genre1720
Interactive FictionSub-Genre11014
Trading Card GameSub-Genre9271
Dating SimSub-Genre9551
4XSub-Genre1670
TypingSub-Genre1674
Survival HorrorSub-Genre3978
RoguelikeSub-Genre1716
MOBASub-Genre1718
Tactical RPGSub-Genre21725
Shoot 'Em UpSub-Genre4255
Spectacle fighterSub-Genre4777
Walking SimulatorSub-Genre5900
Match 3Sub-Genre1665
Card GameSub-Genre1666
Hero ShooterSub-Genre620519
Grand StrategySub-Genre4364
Action RoguelikeSub-Genre42804
Choose Your Own AdventureSub-Genre4486
IdlerSub-Genre615955
Looter ShooterSub-Genre353880
Bullet HellSub-Genre4885
Visual NovelSub-Genre3799
RogueliteSub-Genre3959
Space SimSub-Genre16598
Action RPGSub-Genre4231
CRPGSub-Genre4474
ClickerSub-Genre379975
Card BattlerSub-Genre791774
Tower DefenseSub-Genre1645
Top-Down ShooterSub-Genre4637
Twin Stick ShooterSub-Genre4758
SolitaireSub-Genre13070
ChessSub-Genre4184
3D PlatformerSub-Genre5395
Traditional RoguelikeSub-Genre454187
Auto BattlerSub-Genre1084988
RunnerSub-Genre8666
Combat RacingSub-Genre4102
Farming SimSub-Genre87918
RhythmSub-Genre1752
MMORPGSub-Genre1754
Souls-likeSub-Genre29482
Real Time TacticsSub-Genre3813
Third-Person ShooterSub-Genre3814
On-Rails ShooterSub-Genre56690
Strategy RPGSub-Genre17305
Outbreak SimSub-Genre1100686
Automobile SimSub-Genre1100687
Life SimSub-Genre10235
Medical SimSub-Genre1100688
Open World Survival CraftSub-Genre1100689
God GameSub-Genre5300
Battle RoyaleSub-Genre176981
Arena ShooterSub-Genre5547
2D FighterSub-Genre4736
MetroidvaniaSub-Genre1628
Time ManagementSub-Genre16689
Political SimSub-Genre26921
WargameSub-Genre4684
CollectathonSub-Genre5652
PinballSub-Genre6621

Time

TagCategoryId
Turn-BasedTime Flow1677
Real-Time with PauseTime Flow7107
Real-TimeTime Flow4161
Turn-Based CombatTime Mechanics4325
Time ManipulationTime Mechanics6625
Turn-Based TacticsTime Mechanics14139
Time AttackTime Mechanics5390
Bullet TimeTime Mechanics5796
Fast-PacedTime Description1734
Replay ValueTime Description4711
ShortTime Description4234

Visuals

TagCategoryId
3DDimensions4191
2.5DDimensions4975
2DDimensions3871
Third PersonCamera Perspective1697
Top-DownCamera Perspective4791
IsometricCamera Perspective5851
Side ScrollerCamera Perspective3798
First-PersonCamera Perspective3839
VoxelVisual Style1732
CuteVisual Style4726
NoirVisual Style6052
CinematicVisual Style4145
ColorfulVisual Style4305
PsychedelicVisual Style1714
MinimalistVisual Style4094
StylizedVisual Style4252
Pixel GraphicsVisual Style3964
AnimeVisual Style4085
RetroVisual Style4004
AbstractVisual Style4400
CartoonyVisual Style4195
Hand-drawnVisual Style6815
Comic BookVisual Style1751
RealisticVisual Style4175
Text-BasedVisual Style31275
CartoonVisual Style4562

Sports

TagCategoryId
BoxingSport12190
MotorbikeSport198913
MotocrossSport15868
Mini GolfSport22955
HuntingSport9564
ParkourSport4036
SkiingSport7309
TennisSport5914
SoccerSport1679
ArcherySport13382
FishingSport15564
WrestlingSport47827
RacingSport699
SkatingSport96359
FootballSport7226
BikesSport123332
DrivingSport1644
BaseballSport5727
SnowboardingSport28444
SkateboardingSport1753
CyclingSport19568
BowlingSport7328
Martial ArtsSport6915
BMXSport252854
BasketballSport1746
SailingSport13577
HockeySport324176
GolfSport7038

Design

TagCategoryId
Open WorldLevel Design1695
NonlinearLevel Design6869
LinearLevel Design7250
ExplorationLevel Design3834
SandboxLevel Design3810
CompetitiveChallenge3878
UnforgivingChallenge1733
PvEChallenge6730
DifficultChallenge4026
TutorialChallenge12057
PvPChallenge1775
Perma DeathChallenge1759
4 Player LocalMultiplayer4840
Co-opMultiplayer1685
Massively MultiplayerMultiplayer128
Local MultiplayerMultiplayer7368
Local Co-OpMultiplayer3841
Online Co-OpMultiplayer3843
Team-BasedMultiplayer5711
Co-op CampaignMultiplayer4508
Asynchronous MultiplayerMultiplayer17770
MultiplayerPlayers3859
SingleplayerPlayers4182
TradingFeature4202
CombatFeature3993
Multiple EndingsFeature6971
Class-BasedFeature4155
Procedural GenerationFeature5125
Gun CustomizationFeature5765
Quick-Time EventsFeature4559
6DOFFeature4835
ConversationFeature15172
AutomationFeature255534
Hex GridFeature1717
FlightFeature15045
Inventory ManagementFeature6276
MiningFeature5981
HackingFeature5502
Artificial IntelligenceFeature7926
CraftingFeature1702
ModdableFeature1669
PhysicsFeature3968
DeckbuildingFeature32322
Choices MatterFeature6426
Vehicular CombatFeature11104
Naval CombatFeature4994
BuildingFeature1643
Hack and SlashFeature1646
Base BuildingFeature7332
Score AttackFeature5154
Resource ManagementFeature8945
Character CustomizationFeature4747
FMVFeature18594
Asymmetric VRFeature856791
Music-Based Procedural GenerationFeature8253
NarrationFeature5094
Level EditorFeature8122
ATVFeature129761

Theme & Mood

TagCategoryId
Dark HumorMood5923
Psychological HorrorMood1721
SurrealMood1710
ComedyMood1719
PsychologicalMood5186
DramaMood5984
FunnyMood4136
SurvivalMood1662
HorrorMood1667
Dark ComedyMood19995
RelaxingMood1654
Post-apocalypticMood3835
Parody Mood4878
EmotionalMood5608
MysteryMood5716
AtmosphericMood4166
CapitalismTheme4845
Dark FantasyTheme4604
SubmarineTheme19780
SwordplayTheme4608
TrainsTheme1616
Old SchoolTheme3916
ManagementTheme12472
PoolTheme17927
1990'sTheme6691
World War IITheme4150
DestructionTheme5363
ForeignTheme51306
HeistTheme1680
SniperTheme7423
PiratesTheme1681
FantasyTheme1684
StealthTheme1687
HistoricalTheme3987
NinjaTheme1688
TanksTheme13276
HorsesTheme6041
Family FriendlyTheme5350
UnderwaterTheme9157
RobotsTheme5752
SuperheroTheme1671
AliensTheme1673
EducationTheme1036
MechsTheme4821
MythologyTheme16094
WarTheme1678
GamblingTheme16250
RomanceTheme4947
MemesTheme10397
Time TravelTheme10679
DemonsTheme9541
DiplomacyTheme6310
AssassinTheme4376
TranshumanismTheme4137
VampireTheme4018
FaithTheme180368
TacticalTheme1708
TransportationTheme10383
LemmingsTheme17337
IlluminatiTheme7478
Cold WarTheme5179
SatireTheme1651
MarsTheme6702
GothicTheme3952
DetectiveTheme5613
SteampunkTheme1777
RomeTheme6948
ZombiesTheme1659
DinosaursTheme5160
CrimeTheme6378
1980sTheme7743
OffroadTheme7622
Alternate HistoryTheme4598
CyberpunkTheme4115
LootTheme4236
SnowTheme9803
PoliticsTheme4754
Sci-fiTheme3942
AmericaTheme13190
WesternTheme1647
Dynamic NarrationTheme9592
Dystopian Theme5030
OtomeTheme31579
ThrillerTheme4064
DarkTheme4342
ModernTheme5673
ScienceTheme5794
ProgrammingTheme5432
SupernaturalTheme10808
LogicTheme6129
SpaceTheme1755
DogTheme1638
JetTheme92092
UndergroundTheme21006
MedievalTheme4172
World War ITheme5382
NatureTheme30358
FuturisticTheme4295
Game DevelopmentTheme13906
MagicTheme4057
EconomyTheme4695
NavalTheme6910
PoliticalTheme4853
CatsTheme17894
WerewolvesTheme17015
AgricultureTheme22602
ConspiracyTheme5372
LGBTQ+Theme44868
LovecraftianTheme7432
InvestigationTheme8369
DragonsTheme4046
MilitaryTheme4168

Miscellaneous

TagCategoryId
BatmanFranchise1694
Star WarsFranchise1735
LEGOFranchise1736
Lara CroftFranchise21722
Warhammer 40KFranchise12286
Games WorkshopFranchise5310
Dungeons & DragonsFranchise14153
Cult ClassicAssessment7782
EpicAssessment3965
AddictiveAssessment4190
Great SoundtrackAssessment1756
MasterpieceAssessment5144
ClassicAssessment1693
BeautifulAssessment5411
Early AccessHistorical Metadata493
SequelHistorical Metadata5230
CrowdfundedHistorical Metadata7113
KickstarterHistorical Metadata5153
RemakeHistorical Metadata5708
Touch-FriendlyControls25085
Mouse onlyControls11123
ControllerControls7481
Intentionally Awkward ControlsControls14906
Voice ControlControls27758
Grid-Based MovementControls7569
TrackIROther8075
Steam MachineOther348922
Software TrainingOther1445
SoundtrackOther7948
BenchmarkOther5407
GamingOther150626
DocumentaryOther15339
360 VideoOther776177
VROther21978
Photo EditingOther809
MovieOther4700
Web PublishingOther1038
Lore-RichOther3854
ExperimentalOther13782
Animation & ModelingOther872
Free to PlayOther113
ModOther5348
Audio ProductionOther1027
Silent ProtagonistOther15954
HardwareOther603297
EpisodicOther4242
RPGMakerOther5577
Based On A NovelOther3796
Split ScreenOther10816
GameMakerOther1649
Villain ProtagonistOther11333
ExperienceOther9994
3D VisionOther29363
MinigamesOther8093
SoftwareOther8013
Female ProtagonistOther7208
Story RichOther1742
MusicOther1621
Feature FilmOther233824
Video ProductionOther784
Design & IllustrationOther84
UtilitiesOther87

Content Notices

TagCategoryId
ViolentViolence4667
BloodViolence5228
GoreViolence4345
HentaiSex9130
NuditySex6650
Sexual ContentSex12095
MatureMature Content5611
NSFWMature Content24904