Steam Spy killed by Steam privacy update

Steam Spy to shut over new privacy settings

Steam Spy to shut over new privacy settings

Your basic details remain public, but your profile summary, friends list, badges, Steam Level, showcases, comments, and group membership are all hidden from view until you decide to share them with others. These cards are like a virtual currency and can be used to customise Steam avatars, background profile and unlock new emoticons which can then be used during in-game chats. Unfortunately, this has caused some unrest among tracking sites such as Steam Spy, which relies on the accessibility of user data to conduct accurate readings.

Steam Spy is a tool that's been around since 2015 and aggregates information about the number of game purchases, the types of games people, buy, new genre trends, playtimes and a whole lot more.

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Steam Spy, which collates data on Steam game ownership and play, released a statement on its Twitter feed saying: "Valve just made a change to their privacy settings, making games owned by Steam users hidden by default".

"Sometimes you're feeling social, and sometimes you're not; this setting should help Steam users be social on their own terms", explained Steam developer and community admin Al Farnsworth.

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Oddly enough, Valve's privacy update doesn't make Steam compliant with those new European Union privacy laws, meaning more measures could be coming shortly. Many report that the sales figures presented for their games have been significantly inaccurate due to the way that data is gathered, but players often interpret them as fact. "You no longer need to nervously laugh it off as a bug when your friends notice the 4,000+ hours you've put into Ricochet". The settings get more detailed below, so you can keep certain information to yourself or to your friends if you'd like. 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. Likewise, those who specifically choose to do so may have a profile of their own, which wouldn't make Steam Stats' statistics representative of the entire Steam user base. The new privacy system allows users to hide their game details and habits. The invisible mode will hit Steam's beta client soon.

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