Steam Greenlight is innovation at its best, allowing the thousands of Indie developers scattered across the globe to pitch their ideas to the plentiful Steam Community. Unfortunately, mostly everyone will think their lack-luster efforts are worthy of Greenlight, and to combat this and rid the service of unwanted clutter, developer Valve has implemented a $100 fee that developers need to cough up to get their games on the service.
Valve made the announcement on the Steam Community forums, saying, “there are a ton of legitimate submissions that people want to see…there is unfortunately a significant amount of noise and clutter being submitted, either as a joke or by fans not fully understanding the purpose of Steam Greenlight.”
This will hopefully stop the jokers from submitting non-serious attempts, unless they want to be down $100 just for laughs. The fee submitted however, will be donated to the Child’s Play charity, with Valve’s UI designer Alden Kroll clarifying that, “We have no interest in making money from this, but we do need to cut down the noise in the system”.
The browser experience has been changed to go with the new feature also, “The next time you visit Steam Greenlight you’ll be shown a smaller, manageable list of games that you haven’t rated. This view is a mix of popular games and new games to Greenlight. In the end, we’re very interested in maintaining an environment that is fair and beneficial to everyone involved, and one that fun and rewarding to join,” said Kroll.
With over 700 submissions already, Steam Greenlight is turning into a popular avenue for Indie developers, and with the new submission fee system in place, gamers will have no problem finding serious projects from serious developers.