Steam Spy returns with less accurate game stats

Earlier this month, Steam revamped its privacy settings to let users change how much of their game data can be publicly viewed. The company made player libraries, along with time played per title, hidden by default — which ended up locking out game industry stats site Steam Spy. Unable to access the data it needed, the site essentially shut down…but only temporarily. Now, Steam Spy is back up, but with a different method that produces less accurate statistics.

Instead of automatically scraping all Steam users’ data to see what games people are playing (and for how long), Steam Spy is slowly switching to a machine learning model. Using ‘coincidental data’ produced somewhat accurate results, the site’s creator Sergey Galyonkin said in a blog post: His algorithm predicted that the new game Frostpunk sold 252,000 copies, while its developers announced it had sold 250,000.

The new model isn’t very accurate yet, Galyonkin admitted: For 90 percent of the 70 games he tested, his algorithm was within 10 percent margin of error. But any data is better than no data to games companies, Galyonkin told Kotaku: “Analysts can work with data when they know it’s not entirely accurate as long as they are aware of the limitations and caveats.”

 

 

He’s still working to re-implement some old features like country stats, but Steam Spy is more or less back online.

Source: Steam Spy returns with less accurate game stats

Related articles

Carvana acquires Car360 for $22M to improve its car buying platform

Carvana is already an innovative way to shop for a car and it could get better thanks to Car360. The two companies share an interest in improving the car buying experience through enhanced imagery. Car360’s approach is different from Carvana’s as it’s focused on photos shot with a mobile device. This approach could allow Carvana to […]

Google offers access to virtual 3D models of ancient monuments

Historic monuments around the world face threats from natural disasters, tourism and war, which is what led Ben Kacyra to found CyArk — a non-profit organization working to scan and digitally archive ancient monuments. With laser scanning, photogrammetry, drone imaging and structured light scanning, CyArk’s team has been developing detailed, digital 3D images of structures […]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *