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What’s going on with Steam Spy?

After multiple websites reported that Steam Spy is dead, I think it is time to discuss what is actually going on.What happened?As might know, on 11th of April, 2018 Valve made changes to their Steam Web API, removing owned games from user’s information, unless they actively opt-in.Many people, myself included, at first attributed that change to GDPR...

Steam in 2017

How Steam Direct, PUBG and the rise of China affected the biggest PC gaming marketplace in 2017.The following article is based on the presentation I gave at GDC 2018. The data was gathered during February 2018 and by now is probably slightly outdated.Obligatory Fine PrintSteam Spy only tracks owners and players, not sales. Steam Spy doesn’t track DLCs...

The indie games are too damn cheap

An average indie title these days is priced $8.72 on Steam. During the last Summer Sale the price went down to the mind-boggling $4.63 and yet the average sales are at their lowest at 21,000 copies.Small indie titles usually have a smaller audience save for a few outliers. The problem with our approach is that people seem to normalize extremely successful...

iPad Pro as my main photo machine

You’ve heard this talk before: iPad was supposed to replace PC for the majority of casual users dragging us into the sci-fi future of thin and powerful devices that can do everything.Of course, it didn’t happen and is unlikely to happen shortly, but iPad can indeed replace PC in certain use cases. The exciting news is that the number of these use cases...

Steam sales in 2016

In 2016 there were 5,245 new games released on Steam — the biggest year yet for new releases. Yet, the overall sales and revenue from paid titles were roughly the same as the last year.Important note: The following data was gathered using Steam Spy service. Steam Spy estimates ownership of games on Steam using statistical analysis and is not 100% accurate!More...

Why won’t Steam filter new games?

Over 4000 games were released on Steam this year alone. Some of those games, to put it mildly, are of dubious quality and got bad reviews. So gamers started asking: “Why won’t Valve filter new games like it did before Greenlight”?I don’t work at Valve, so everything below is just my personal opinion. But I believe, Valve is currently in the position...

What’s with weak AAA sales?

Recently there have been several reports about some AAA titles under performing in what considered to be a traditionally good season for big games. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and Watch Dogs 2 are two prime examples, although people seem to forget about Battlefield 1 that got double the audience of Battlefield 4 at launch.Rob Fahey wrote an interesting...

Steam Summer Sale 2016

This was the first Steam Summer Sale without any daily or flash deals. And despite the perception of some of the core gamers, it ended up better than the previous one for both game developers and consumers: gamers bought more games, developers earned more money. And that’s what makes a sale great, right?CaveatsWhen estimating revenue and number of copies...

Why you should not focus on making your games inclusive and target new audiences instead

As a person born in the Soviet Union and raised in Ukraine, I grew up in a bit different culture than most people reading this. The post…Continue reading on Medium »

"Understanding your game through data" in Steam Spy

Analytics for indies 101Continue reading on Steam Spy »

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