Unless most, if not all Steam users were to actively open those settings up, it's looking grim for Steam Spy, which has proven to be a brilliant source of statistics in the past that have helped popularise games and support game developers as they grow and update their titles.
According to Steam Spy, this isn't a particularly great move for the company as the tracking site is effectively useless without the information being available by default. You can now select who can view your profile's "game details"; which includes the list of games you have purchased or wishlisted, along with achievements and playtime.More news: Rupert Murdoch's Fox Network Arm Raided In European Commission Probe
It also added a few new option to the profile tab, all with a eye toward giving users more control over the information they share online. You'll have three different options when it comes to displaying these details: public, friends only, and private. The new settings enable users to decide whether or not they want others to see if they are in-game or what game they are playing.
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. In Valve's own words, this is so that "You no longer need to nervously laugh it off as a bug when your friends notice the 4,000+ hours you've put into Ricochet".More news: Gmail is getting a cleaner UI, snooze feature, smart replies, and more
Valve says that it's got more planned for the future, such as a new invisible setting that allows you to appear offline to friends but still view your friends list and send or receive messages. In response to a Twitter inquiry as to whether Steam Spy will keep its existing data up, Steam Spy creator Sergey Galyonkin replied: "Yes, pretty much. We hope to have this feature ready for beta release soon".
The unfortunate closure of Steam Spy comes just after Valve announced an update to its privacy policies, which makes player libraries hidden by default. This has huge repercussions for Steam Spy.More news: Diamondbacks' Torey Lovullo, Yadier Molina Each Suspended One Game