Steam Profile Privacy Settings Get New Options

It looks like SteamSpy might have to shut down

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.

Valve announced on Tuesday, April 10, that it had updated the privacy settings of Steam users by giving them control over how their information is displayed on the digital distribution platform. Game details essentially include the game titles that players have purchased or added to their wishlist in addition to other information such as achievements.

SteamSpy has been one of the most widely-referenced analytic tools for Steam since it was created back in 2015 by Sergey Galyonkin. Your total playtime though can be hidden separately from this command, so you can keep that secret while still showing off your collection. The new settings enable users to decide whether or not they want others to see if they are in-game or what game they are playing. "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". 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. Unfortunately, one side effect of these changes means the end of the Steam Spy service. Sergey Galyonkin, who founded Steam Spy in 2015 and is now Director of Publishing Strategy at Epic Games, has said the changes leave him no choice but to stop collecting data.

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As an aside, Steam Spy has responded to the privacy update with some rather unfortunate news. If you choose to set yourself to invisible, you'll appear as offline, but you'll still be able to view your friends list, send and receive messages. Valve doesn't give a timeline for the release of invisible mode, but says that it hopes to launch it in beta soon.

That's a pretty big blow, especially when you consider just how popular Steam Spy has become for tracking statistics Valve doesn't usually make public.

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