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This console variable is for Team Fortress 2 only.

This was introduced as of the update on Feb 28, 2008.

Added "Custom" tab to the server browser
* Servers can now specify metatags describing the custom rules they've adopted
* Players can use tag filtering to find servers running the custom rules they want to play
* Added options for servers who want to become custom games: Disable critical hits
* tf_weapon_criticals), eliminate respawn times
  (mp_disable_respawn_times), and raise maxplayers above 24

Note: Since the introduction of the sv_tags cvar, the custom tab has been removed from the server browser, thus adding custom tags using the sv_tags cvar will no longer cause a server to be added to the custom tab or removed from the internet tab.


Custom server tags can be added by supplying the sv_tags cvar with a comma-delimited list of tags:

sv_tags "tag1,tag2,tag3"

Providing a value for the sv_tags cvar will result in the value being appended to the automatically set tags. For example if you set sv_tags to "foo" and you have alltalk on, the server tags will be displayed as "alltalk,foo".

List of tags

This is a list of the official tags, but servers are allowed to use additional tags.

tag cvar quickplay eligible Explanation
alltalk sv_alltalk 1 Yes Voice chats are not team specific
bots N/A Yes Serverside bots are used (both tf_Bot and bot)
birthday tf_birthday 1 Birthday mode, birthday themed gibs as well as the birthday ball
fadetoblack mp_fadetoblack 1 Dead players will have their screen faded to black instead of spectating
friendlyfire mp_friendlyfire 1 No Teammates can hurt each other
gravity sv_gravity not equal to 800 No Lower or higher gravity than normal
highlander mp_highlander 1 No Teams are limited to only one player per class
increased_maxplayers maxplayers > 24 Gradual penality More players than the valve recommended maximum
nocrits tf_weapon_criticals 0 No Weapons do not crit
nodmgspread tf_damage_disablespread 1 No Weapon damage is not randomized
noquickplay tf_server_identity_disable_quickplay 1 No No quickplay users allowed
norespawntime mp_disable_respawn_times 1 No Respawn waves are disabled
replays replay_enable 1 Yes The server supports replays
_registered Multiple Mandatory The server is registered with Valve
respawntimes mp_respawnwavetime not equal to 10.0 No
suddendeath mp_stalemate_enable 1 Yes Heavy boxing occurs instead of stalemates
mvm N/A Separate pool Mann vs Machine mode


  • If you set mp_respawnwavetime to 10, you will still get the tag. It must be 10.0.
  • tv_enable 1 will also cause increased_maxplayers to activate, even if maxplayers is set to 4. As soon as the bot joins, you get the tag.