SteamSpy was the tool that collected data to determine which game is a success and failure depending on sales. However, with SteamSpy gone, Valve is working on a sales metric on its own to replace it.
SteamSpy was shutdown because of the change in Steam’s policy by Valve that kept the user’s data private by default. Given that SteamSpy relied on that data, soon the Steam sales metric tool died.
However, Valve has plans for a Steam sales metric of its own. Following the presentation at White Nights games industry conference in St. Petersburg, Valve was asked how they will ensure that consumers and journalist get sales metric now that privacy policies have shut down SteamSpy.
Jan-Peter Ewert, Valve’s head of business development, replied that “[Valve is] working on new tools and new ways of getting data out of Steam”.
He added that developers at Valve have been working to create a new API that has the potential to be more accurate than SteamSpy. He further added that due to “a broad variance in how accurate it was. It was very accurate for some things but very inaccurate for others”.
According to Ewert, the company wants something accurate and better than SteamSpy so that developers can accurately measure software sales on Steam. “The only way we make money is if you make good decisions in bringing the right games to the platform and finding your audience”.
Valve didn’t specify if the upcoming Steam Sales metric will be revealing sales data to the public or not. However, if the company decides to axe the public access to sales data it could create problems like if a dev wanted to lie about the sales then they can easily do it with the data not available to the public, fooling gamers into buying a game that nobody is playing.
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