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. It would be very heartbreaking if we see this PC gaming market-intelligence say goodbye.
Thankfully, Steam Spy still lives on. It was confirmed by the creator, Sergey Galyonkin, on Steam Spy’s official blog post. However, it will not be the same as before.
Steam Spy will now use a new algorithm that calculates the sales of PC games on the Steam distribution platform based on “coincidental data” from around the internet.
Galyonkin confirmed that the site will be running but it needs some time. Galyonkin and his team are currently working on dialing the algorithm and integrate it into the site.
He also stated this after knowing many developers reached out to him:
“I received over two hundred emails and messages from developers telling me how Steam Spy improved their lives. There was an indie company from Berlin that managed to secure financing from the government for their niche title because they had the data to prove that this niche is big enough. The title got released and succeeded.”
With all the good news above, here comes the bad one: unfortunately, the gaming market is so large and dynamic that algorithmic models are often inaccurate.
In terms of how accurate the new algorithm can hit, Galyonkin stated that it is not quite accurate. Steam Spy has data of 70 games from different developers. For 90% of those, the algorithm was able to calculate their sales within a 10% margin of error.
In conclusion, developers should still keep their smiles up. Although there might be some miscalculating in the algorithm, at least we can still count on Steam Spy in trying to make the best of what they can.
Edited by Devi