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No More Steam Spy After the Latest Steam Update

By Muhammad Bilal Syahrir

Bye-bye Steam Spy 🙁


On April 11th, Steam updated its privacy options, giving more control over the privacy of one’s Steam account. This generally means that there will be no more Steam Spy for generating numbers.

Steam Spy is a service that uses public data from Steam’s profile. It generates the statistic of game sales, hours played, and other forms of data it can get.

After the updated policy though, people’s game libraries are now hidden by default. This means that Steam Spy are not able to access those data.

Sergey Galyonkin, the founder of Steam Spy stated that “Steam Spy relied on this information being visible by default and won’t be able to operate anymore.”

In terms of developers, there are two sides that reacted to the new Steam policy. The pro side, and the cons side.

A majority of indie developers are on the cons side. They claim that Steam Spy is one of their key resources for viewing data of the market, which goes to decision making. And it actually makes sense.

No More Steam Spy

But another side claims that Steam Spy inactive is good for the industry. The developer of Thief, Sean Barrett said that libraries hidden by default are ‘100% the right privacy call’.

From a media standpoint, the new policy obviously is bad news for us. Since we generate news and create articles based on data, it would be really hard to collect a valid source when Steam Spy is gone.

That being said, the question is, why did Valve suddenly changed their policy after years? Programmer Per Vognsen claims that Valve’s reason in doing this is for business purpose.

They are just trying to make game development and publishing on Steam more attractive. Previously, with public data spread all over Steam Spy, can actually make developers and publisher not selling their games on Steam.

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What do you think of the new policy for Steam? Are you on the pro side or the cons? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Source: Kotaku (1)/(2). Edited by Devi

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