- Dec 21, 2018
I've been using browsers since NCSA Mosaic, and never once when installing them it imported data without asking me first. As you said, this not uncommon data to collect, but not without asking first. I have the files on my computer and did not link, connected or gave permission for their launcher to go around snooping inside the Steam directory.I'm holding off on bringing out the pitchforks just yet. Here's the thing, there is legitimate information that could be used by Epic's game launcher regarding Steam and its presence, very similar to how a browser would want to import settings from another browser type. Now, I'm not going to defend Epic saying they are doing this or doing that, but there's a variety of situations where getting information from Steam and your system makes sense:
Now granted, this should be brought up to Epic and this should be presented to them and see their reaction, but I hate to break it to you all: but a lot of companies do this when it comes to those that have multiple platforms and options available. That doesn't make it right per say, but this is also information publicly available in most cases regarding your steam profile and the information in your steam profile. Epic's not really THAT different in that regard.
- Collecting information regarding what games you own, specifically in conjuction with stopping you from buying them again.
- Collecting info about what games could have cross-compatibility in terms of online multiplayer that don't use Steam servers, but external ones.
- Collecting compatibility info regarding games that are installed with directx versions, etc.
- The ability to import information from a Steam account into a Epic account in the future (it could be a feature)
And as other people already wrote, this information is no longer public by default on the Steam profiles, something the guy from SteamSpy surely knows since it invalidated his statistics model.
Hmmmm.. if this indeed started on May 2018, I'm sure is just a coincidence!