Steam Spy was a third-party service that scanned public accounts on the service and provided play time and ownership status for some games. These were some of the only sales and performance metrics available on these games to the public. However, after tech companies became more concerned with protecting users' privacy, Valve tweaked its default privacy settings for users, making the games they owned and played hidden by default. Users had to opt in to allow Steam Spy to collect data.
This, unsurprisingly, spelled death for Steam Spy. The developer Sergey Galyonkin reworked the service, but because it switched from a model relying on real-time data to machine learning, it was less accurate. Valve already has access to all the data necessary to create its own service like Steam Spy. According to PC Games N, Ewert concluded, "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."