Friday, 27 April, 2018

Steam's Privacy Changes Spell Doom for SteamSpy Tool

Valve kills Steam Spy Steam Spy ceases operations after Valve changes privacy settings
Frank Williams | 12 April, 2018, 01:00

Steam justified them by saying: "With more detailed descriptions of what profile information is included in each category, you will be able to manage how you are viewed by your friends, or the wider Steam Community".

If you typically used SteamSpy for all your Steam analytic needs, those days look like they're coming to an end. "Steam Spy relied on this information being visible by default and won't be able to operate anymore". That change will help protect Steam users' privacy, but it also effectively broke Steam Spy, a popular analytics tool that relies on that data. Valve has changed profile privacy settings to make it possible to hide your "game details, ' including the games you own and have on your wishlist, as well as the related metadata like achievements and playtime". The game details section can be limited to show your collection only to friends and keep others from seeing what kind of playtime you put into games even if you decide to share your library.

However, this simple change also renders game stats site Stream Spy pretty much moot, as the data it will need to operate will be blocked off. Thanks to a series of user privacy settings brought into motion by Steam, the very fabric of the game streaming platform that SteamSpy utilized to harvest its valuable data has been obliterated. Sergey Galyonkin, who founded Steam Spy in 2015 and is now Director of Publishing Strategy at Epic Games, has said the changes leave him no choice but to stop collecting data.

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The post adds: "Looking ahead a little, we are also working on a new "invisible" mode in addition to the already existing "online", "away" and "offline" presence options".

The company's Twitter account later clarified that the reason behind their decision to shut down is not Steam's new privacy policy.

Valve went over the new changes in a blog post on Steam, which include the fact that game libraries are now hidden by default. Developers apparently used Steam Spy data to gauge how well titles that catered to specific niches performed over time.

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