Earlier this month, Valve set forth a significant change to Steam by making all user profiles private by default. That’s not huge on the user side, but it cut off a number of third-party tools which made use of the publicly available information, essentially shutting them down. The biggest casualty was Steam Spy, which served as one of few ways to track sales data on Valve’s massive storefront.
Here’s how game devs reacted to the Steam privacy changes.
But Steam Spy proprietor Sergey Golyonkin says the service isn’t dead yet, and he’s retuning things with a new algorithm to provide similar results. The new algorithm managed to predict Frostpunk sales at 250,000, and the developers just announced that very number earlier today.