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SteamSpy goes down as Valve changes Steam’s privacy settings

SteamSpy was a wonderful tool that PC gamers could use in order to see whether a game was performing well on the PC platform. Truth be told, this tool wasn’t 100% accurate, however it was able to give a rough idea about a variety of Steam games. Unfortunately, SteamSpy won’t be able to operate anymore as Valve has made some changes to Steam’s privacy settings.

As Valve noted, players can now select who can view their profile’s “game details”; which includes the list of games you have purchased or wishlisted, along with achievements and playtime. This setting also controls whether players are seen as “in-game” and the title of the game they are playing. Additionally, regardless of which setting they choose for their profile’s game details, players now have the option to keep their total game playtime private.

Alongside these changes, Valve made games owned by Steam users hidden by default. SteamSpy’s creator stated that this information was essential for SteamSpy and since it is now hidden, this tool won’t be able to function anymore.