Steam Spy is back from the dead after more than 200 game developers have asked their creator to revive the Steam Analysis Tool. However, due to some changes to the privacy settings that Valve has implemented, Steam Spy can only present less reliable data.
On Friday, Steam Spy creator Sergey Galyonkin wrote a blog post explaining what happened to the analysis tool's new version and the old one. First and foremost, Galyonkin dealt with how the new rules of Steam affected the Steam Spy. "On April 11th, Valve made changes to the Steam Web API and removed its own games from user information unless they actively logged in."
Apparently Steam Spy could not make any changes with the new changes longer poll user information through the Steam Web API. Because Steam also applied changes to its Store API, it became difficult for the third-party tool to gather basic information about games available on Steam.
Galyonkin also called several sites to report that the analysis tool was dead. although he was busy creating a new algorithm for the site to make it work. "Of course, the old algorithm stopped working, and while I was busy creating a new one, some presses rushed to declare the page dead," he wrote.
Galyonkin also noted in his blog post that he had informed Valve of his information predicament, but he did not get anything back. "I made a suggestion to Valve that would continue to run Steam Spy with the old algorithm without disclosing personal information, and I have received confirmation from Tom Giardino that they have received my message, but that was it." Galyonkin noted.
Luckily, Galyonkin listened to comments shared by more than 200 game developers. The developers said that Steam Spy had a positive impact on their work, which has resulted in the tool returning the tool despite some limitations and updating the system.
The new Steam Spy uses a machine learning model to measure sales numbers based on "random data". Although Galyonkin acknowledged that most of the game data is not really from Steam, the system does it after the tests it has done. He cited how the new algorithm estimated that "Frostpunk" sold around 252,000 copies, and the estimate was pretty close to the 250,000 copies sold, according to the developers of the Survival game.
The revived Steam Spy lacks a number of original tooling features. However, it is still useful for those who want to know important statistics such as sales figures and playing time. However, Galyonkin cautions that the site is less accurate than before, with a 1