Sergey Galyonkin, the creator of Steam Spy, suspects that the site was dead after the release of a recent Steam update. Galyonkin has now explained what is going on with Steam Spy and how it will work forwards.
What happens to Steam Spy?
Valve made some changes to Steam's privacy settings earlier this month as the digital distribution platform displays their information. One of the effects of the changes is that the games that Steam users purchased are hidden by default.
Hours after announcing the Steam Privacy Settings update, Steam Spy has shown it has closed. This is because the site is based on information obtained from Steam Profiles. By default, since data is hidden, Steam Spy is unable to accurately estimate how many Steam users purchased certain songs.
Some developers and Steam users were apparently disappointed with the shutdown of Steam Spy. Developers used the information from the website to appreciate the success of Steam games. Users also visited the website to decide if a song on Steam is worth it or not, based on how well it sells.
Meanwhile, other developers were not sad to see Steam Spy as the website announced the purchase history of Steam users. It was also branded as an "unreliable" service, which meant it could do more harm than good.
Steam Spy still alive but different
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Galyonkin, however, decided to launch Steam Spy after receiving more than 200 e-mails from developers helped by Steam Spy. However, it was obvious that changes were needed to keep the site running.
Instead of getting information from Steam profiles, Steam Spy now uses machine learning to predict the sale of PC games based on random data. According to Galyonkin, the change is reasonably effective. As an example, he said that the new Steam Spy algorithm for Frostpunk predicted a sales of 252,000 copies, just as its developers announced a sales volume of 250,000 units. However, Galyonkin admitted that Steam Spy will not work. The website's basic features for predicting sales, evaluating playtime distribution, and displaying related games are back online.
Galyonkin said he was not satisfied with the accuracy of the new Steam Spy yet. However, he will continue to work on the website to improve his machine learning skills and return his core functions.
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