Published: Thu, April 12, 2018
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Valve Tightening Privacy With New Steam Privacy Changes

Valve Tightening Privacy With New Steam Privacy Changes

It looks like Valve is working hard to putting more value on the privacy of their users on Steam, likely due to all the data collection issues arising from Facebook's controversial scandal recently.

Earlier this week, Valve announced that it was updating Steam with new privacy settings that were supposed to help gamers keep more information to themselves.

Valve has revised its privacy policies, updating its Steam client to provide users with the ability to hide what information is accessible to others such as owned games and the playtime behind them.

SteamSpy has been one of the most widely-referenced analytic tools for Steam since it was created back in 2015 by Sergey Galyonkin. Steam users now have the option of selecting who can view their profile's "game details", including the list of games purchased or wishlisted, along with achievements and playtime. You'll have three different options when it comes to displaying these details: public, friends only, and private.

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Steam Spy has been a tremendously helpful tool over the years, offering estimates on how individual games are selling and how many people are actively playing them, among other insights.

However, this simple change also renders game stats site Stream Spy pretty much moot, as the data it will need to operate will be blocked off.

Valve is also making it easier for people to lurk on Stream without giving away their presence to friends and contacts hungry for some jolly co-operative gaming or fiercely competitive multiplayer action, thanks to the addition of an "invisible" mode in the options that show the status of a user's presence on the Steam platform. In the future, invisible will let you appear offline, but still access friends list features. Unfortunately, this has caused some unrest among tracking sites such as Steam Spy, which relies on the accessibility of user data to conduct accurate readings. Developers apparently used Steam Spy data to gauge how well titles that catered to specific niches performed over time.

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