Steam Spy to shut over new privacy settings


As explained over on the Steam blog, users can now determine who can see the "game details" on their profiles, a phrase which encompasses everything listed above.

You can find the new privacy settings pretty easily: Go to your profile page, click the Edit Profile button in the top right, then select My Privacy Settings on the right side of the page.

Valve's latest change to its Steam platform is one created to enhance the privacy of its users, by making the public sharing of stats like games owned, wishlists, game purchases and playtimes private by default. That data will have to be largely historic moving forward though, as without easy access to game profiles, Steam Spy can not operate as it once did. Unfortunately, that's coming to an end now as Valve has rolled out changes to privacy settings. Additionally, they can also keep their total game playtime private so that no one can see the thousands of hours they've spent on an embarrassing game.

This will basically stop snooping on people's profiles to note that they've put literal days into near-addictive games like Dota 2.

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Steam Spy, one of the most valuable tools for analyzing product performance on Steam, is ceasing operation following an update to Steam's privacy settings.

Sergey Galyonkin's Steam Spy, a site which scrapes data from Steam in order to display generalised statistics including sales volume and play time, has discovered an issue Valve failed to mention in its announcement, however: The new default is to hide game ownership information from public view until and unless the user chooses otherwise. "Without being able to get some objective verification of how the market is behaving, it's possible that more devs will quit", said Mode 7 Games' Paul Kilduff-Taylor. Sometimes you're feeling social, and sometimes you're not; this setting should help Steam users be social on their own terms. Once a user sets their presence to invisible, they will still be able to access the friends list and use Steam chat, but they will appear as offline to outside users.

Valve's update to its settings, detailed in a blog post, make sense in the current prevailing climate, in which revelations about Facebook's sale of user data have generated a widespread outcry about privacy on the web.