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Old 07-01-2018, 09:02 AM   #1
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Valve Is Working On Replacing Steam Spy For Developers


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Months after the company effectively ended third-party Steam sales data tracking site Steam Spy by updating their privacy settings, Valve has announced it is working on a more accurate replacement for developers.

PCGamesN reports that at this week's White Night game developer event in St. Petersburg, Russia, indie game developer Michael Kuzmin asked Valve's Jan-Peter Ewert about whether the company was working on a way of getting sales data to developers. While Steam Spy was a third-party site whose accuracy was inconsistent, it allowed developers to make informed decisions about whether their particular kind of game could do well, who their biggest competitors were, and when the right time to release might be. While the numbers weren't exact, it often gave important ballparks for developers to consider when marketing their game.

"Our general approach has been to provide open APIs so that when we don't offer the amount of tools that we should, the community can step in, which allows things like Steamspy to happen," Ewert responded. Valve had two problems with Steam Spy, however. The first was its lack of compliance with GDPR (a European set of guidelines that enforce data privacy) protocols. The second was that Steam Spy "had a broad variance in how accurate it was," Ewert said. "It was very accurate for some games, it was very inaccurate for a few others."

To fix the issue, the company announced it is working on something better than Steam Spy, since anything that helps developers market and sell their games can only help Steam. "The only way that we make money is if [developers] make good decisions in bringing the right games to the platform and finding your audience," Ewert said. "So yes, we are very much working on new tools and new ways of getting data out of Steam, and we hope that data can be more accurate and more useful than what Steam Spy previously offered."
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Old 07-02-2018, 02:25 AM   #2
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They "hope" that data can be more accurate? I sure hope so, too, since it's their own data. Valve should simply offer an opt-in option for developers and publishers to share their information with other participants. Of course, it's difficult to say what exactly should be visible, and if there'd be different tiers - Take 2's data could be considered a lot more "valuable" than Team 17's, after all.

I kinda miss SteamSpy. If you were able to read it properly, it was surprisingly accurate. Fortunately, SteamDB still holds the original data, for historical research.
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That analytics data was very useful to developers but also caused a lot of copycats to just push out games based on what sells the most. This is why steam is no flooded with rushed and unpolished battle royale clones.

I think not having the analytics data encourages more creative work to come out from indie studios.
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That analytics data was very useful to developers but also caused a lot of copycats to just push out games based on what sells the most. This is why steam is no flooded with rushed and unpolished battle royale clones.

I think not having the analytics data encourages more creative work to come out from indie studios.
Let's be real here, Steam is flooded by crap in general, 98% of the "indie" games on steam are all trash.
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Let's be real here, Steam is flooded by crap in general, 98% of the "indie" games on steam are all trash.
Sadly this is also true of the iOS and Android stores as well.
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Sadly this is also true of the iOS and Android stores as well.
Adding insult to injury; the huge volume of crap is overwhelming the few good ones.
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