From what I gathered, there are four kinds of identifiers on Steam:

  • Account name
  • Account email
  • Profile name
  • Steam Community name

I have my real name in my account name and email, and I would like to keep it private. My profile name is what I would like others to see.

My question is do others (including your friends on Steam) see your account name or email?

  • I think there are only three, aren't "account name" and "profile name" the same?
    – user598527
    Commented Nov 6, 2016 at 16:50
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    @user598527 no they are not. Account name is the username you use to login. Profile name can be different from this.
    – xyz
    Commented Nov 6, 2016 at 17:20
  • the google crawl of my steam page shows my real name, so my steam profile page must be showing it to everyone. And I can't figure out how to turn it off or remove my real name
    – ziggurism
    Commented Apr 9, 2020 at 21:52

2 Answers 2


To answer your question Steam account names are private. Your email is private too as it is needed should you ever donate.
Below you can see the highest Steam Level player's information according to SteamDB.
St4ck's account information

This is the most information you can get about someone's account without having to ask said person.

  • I can corroborate that the login ID and your profile name are different. Mine have always been different. It's also true that the profile names need not be unique. There are hundreds+ users with the same profile name as me.
    – Tim S.
    Commented Nov 12, 2016 at 13:26

Steam account names are private, unless you capture it on camera or something like that. Or your profile name is the same as your steam account name, it remains private.

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