Player stats are a staple metric in video games, so why aren’t they front and center on your Steam profile? Moreover, you’re probably looking for the best deals on the titles you want to play. Luckily, there are free third-party tools and websites to see how much you’re spending money- and time-wise on Steam and find the best prices on games. To do this, you need to find your Steam ID and set your profile to public.
How to Find Your Steam ID
Your Steam ID is a a 17-digit identifier by default or any custom ID you set that’s tied to your account. It’s not the username you use to log in to your account, and you can find it just by logging in to your Steam account through the Steam client or website.
In the Steam client:
- Log in using your username and password.
- Click on “Steam” at the top left of the Steam client window and select “Settings.”
- Go to “Interface,” check the “Display web address bars when available” box, and click “OK.”
- Go to your Steam profile to see your Steam ID in the URL bar.
Through the Steam website:
- Log in to your Steam account.
- The URL bar will show your Steam ID on your Steam profile.
Set Your Steam Profile to Public
You need to set your Steam profile to “Public” so that third-party tools are allowed to see your information. If you’re wary about setting your Steam profile to public, you can always set it back to private after looking up your stats.
- Go to your Steam profile in the Steam client or website.
- Click on “Edit Profile” below your Steam account level and badge.
- Click on “Privacy Settings” in the menu on the left.
- Set your profile to public by clicking on the “My profile” drop-down and selecting “Public.”
If you wish to set your profile back to private or friends only, you can go back to step 2 and choose the privacy option you want.
The IsThereAnyDeal website lets you in on where you can find the best prices for specific titles. It links to big distributors, such as Steam, and others like AllYouPlay.
Type your desired game’s title in the website’s search bar in the menu on the right and find where you can get a copy for less. You can see where the price is the lowest for a specific title at the time of your search, what the historical lowest price is, and which distributor offered that price.
2. Steam Gauge
When it comes to quantifying your Steam profile, there’s no competing with Steam Gauge. It’s the king of Steam stats. Pretty much anything you want to see about your time, spending, and game library is laid out in table form. You can sort by any number of different variables, including price per hour played, which is a fun way to see how much value you’re getting out of each game.
However, Steam Gauge can only see the current value of the games in your library and can’t tell you how much you’ve actually spent on a game. If you’re a habitual Steam sale shopper, you’ll probably be impressed by your combined discounts. To see a game-by-game comparison, look at your Steam purchase history, located in your Steam “Account” section.
Like Steam Gauge, Completionist gives you a dashboard that shows you your gaming activity, mostly focusing on how many of the achievements you’ve unlocked. You can already see some of this on your Steam profile, but it gives you some fun perks, like seeing your achievement trends over time and how close each of your games is to being “complete,” e.g., having every achievement unlocked.
Are you addicted to Steam sales? Do those unplayed games in your library stare at you judgmentally every time you check out with a new title? If you ever get the urge to go back and play through the games you already have, how much time would it take you? That’s what HowLongToBeat sets out to answer: just plug in your Steam ID, and the website will look at your library and make its best guess at how long it would take you to finish every game.
At this point, you probably know how much time you’ve spent, but how do you rank compared to other gamers? Steamtime can give you some insight into that, as it’ll tell you how much time you’ve spent and rank you compared to every other gamer who has looked up their profile.
To get an idea of what that number actually means, you’ll want to visit the “Statistics” tab to see how many people you’re being compared to. It’s a ballpark estimate at best, since these stats are leaving out anyone who hasn’t used Steamtime (e.g., people who don’t spend enough time on Steam to be curious), but with just under 400,000 ranked profiles, you still get a decent idea.
If you’re not interested in the time you’ve spent playing or other information about your library, SteamCalculator gives you a simple look at the current value of each game in your library – though again, you’ll have to visit your external funds used page to see your actual total spent.
It’s also important to note that prices on SteamCalculator aren’t always accurate, as some games become free to play years after release, such as Valve’s Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. If you want to check how much you’ve spent on games, you may want to look at your Steam account’s purchase history.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Do these third-party tools get linked to my Steam account when I use them?
No. Steam provides these third-party tools a unique code to only access the information they need to pull the stats from your Steam account and doesn’t connect your account to these tools. The information provided includes playing time, games owned, purchase history, Steam ID, account creation date, friends list, etc.
You can always see what third-party tools can access when signing in to your Steam account through the tools. It’s recommended that you review the access you give these third-party tools, as they may access information you don’t want to share.
2. Are metrics like hours played, achievements, and money spent updated in real time?
Hours played and achievements are updated in real time, provided you keep your Steam profile public. This is a requirement to view any stat on your Steam profile.
Some websites don’t accommodate current pricing and discounts when considering money spent on Steam. For example, if you previously received a game for free, these tools won’t be able to pull that information and will still count that game as paid. The same thing applies to titles you bought during Steam sales.
3. Can I get my stats and data removed from these websites and tools?
If you decide to see your stats on websites and tools that rank users based on hours played and game achievements like Steamtime and Completionist, you can’t have your data pulled from the rankings. What you can do is turn your playing time or overall Steam profile back to private.
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