What's the Steam Rating all about?

Martin Brinkmann
Apr 6, 2013

If you have looked at the Steam profile of one of your friends, another gamer or even yourself, you may have noticed the entry Steam Rating in the right sidebar there. The profile itself displays all kinds of statistics about your account including the groups you are in, your current and past nicknames, when Steam was joined, which games you have played lately and other information.

It is not really clear what the Steam Rating is, at least not on first glance and since there is no indicator in the Steam client as to what it is, I thought it would be nice to provide you with the information here.

The Steam Rating on a scale of 0 to 10 represents the playing time of the particular user over the last two weeks using the Steam account. Valve basically counts the play time of all games that the user has played and assigns a score from 0 to 10 to the profile based on that. The score may - and often will - change because of that considering that it is likely that you will have weeks where you play more and weeks where you may play less or not at all.

steam profile rating

But what about the score itself? Here are the ratings, their corresponding playing times, and a rating title. Only the score is displayed while the rating title and play time are not.

r = 10 EAGLES SCREAM! h ≥ 32.0
9 ≤ r < 10 Still not 10 28.8 ≤ h < 32.0
8 ≤ r < 9 COBRA KAI! 25.6 ≤ h < 28.8
7 ≤ r < 8 Wax on, Wax off 22.4 ≤ h < 25.6
6 ≤ r < 7 Oooh! Shiny! 19.2 ≤ h < 22.4
5 ≤ r < 6 Halfway Cool 16.0 ≤ h < 19.2
4 ≤ r < 5 Master of Nothing 12.8 ≤ h < 16.0
3 ≤ r < 4 Shooting Blanks 9.6 ≤ h < 12.8
2 ≤ r < 3 Nearly Lifeless 6.4 ≤ h < 9.6
1 ≤ r < 2 El Terrible! 3.2 ≤ h < 6.4
0 ≤ r < 1 Teh Suck 0.0 ≤ h < 3.2

So, in short, it is just a dynamic rating based on the playing time over the last two weeks. And yes, I play a lot of Dota 2, probably too much.


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