Server Owners: Start using Steam Game Server Login Tokens

Posted on May 4th, 2020 10:46 AM EST
This news post is primarily addressed to server owners.

Please start using Steam Game Server Login Tokens (GSLT).

At the latest, on Friday all anonymous game servers (servers not using GSLTs) will receive a massive ranking penalty in the server browser meaning they will not appear at the top of the server list, ever. However they will still appear in the server browser and can be searched for with the search feature.

This change is aimed to combat the rampant server faking issues that have recently spiked.

What do I need to do as a server owner?
You need to set up a GSLT token for your server.

You can register GSLT tokens here:
https://steamcommunity.com/dev/managegameservers
(You must log into your Steam account before doing so)

After you have your GSLT token, all you have to do is to add the following to your server start up procedure:
+sv_setsteamaccount <your token here>
This has to be done on server startup!

Two servers cannot share the same GSLT, so you will need a token for each server if you run multiple.
Do not share your tokens with anyone!

What does this mean for me as a player?
As a player you do not need to do anything. You may notice for a short while that certain servers may only be found if you search for them in the search box, meaning the server owner has not set a GSLT yet.

Most major servers already use GSLTs so they will not be impacted.
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