Valve working on new tools to replace Steam Spy

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Valve says it is working on data tools which will effectively replace the now-defunct Steam Spy. 

MCV reported that, at the White Nights Conference in St Petersburg last week, Valve’s head of business development Jan-Peter Ewert said: “Our general approach has always been to provide open APIs so that when we don’t offer the amount of tools that we should, the community can step in.” He added that Steam Spy was: “Very accurate for some games, but very inaccurate for others,” and that: “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 you.”

In April, we reported on how data aggregator Steam Spy was effectively rendered defunct when Valve changed Steam’s privacy settings, making Steam users’ gaming libraries hidden by default. 

Ewert gave no indication as to how advanced Valve’s work is on the mooted data tools, but at least it is listening to its users’ annoyance at the demise of Steam Spy. We’ll keep you updated as any more news on the subject emerges.

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Steve Boxer
Steve Boxer has been writing about videogames since the early 1990s. His first console was an Atari VCS, and he misspent most of his youth in the 1980s in the arcades. As well as for Green Man Gaming, he can be found writing for The Guardian, Empire, TechRadar and Pocket-Lint. He’s currently having trouble deciding whether his favourite console is his Xbox One X or his Switch, and plays a wide range of games, but especially RPGs (he loves a good JRPG) action-adventure titles, shooters of all descriptions and driving games. Follow him here.