by David Sanchez on September 5, 2012 @ 11:02 am
Valve has decided to put a $100 entry fee for any developers who want to submit a game to Steam Greenlight. The initiative, which lets gamers vote for the titles they want to see on Steam, has seen over 700 submissions thus far. Unfortunately, Valve released a statement explaining that more than a handful of those submissions are, to put it bluntly, garbage (my words, not Valve’s). The issue now is that there are a bunch of crappy games alongside potentially awesome titles from struggling studios.
By including a $100 fee for submissions, Valve hopes to cut down on all of the entries sent in by jokers who just want to troll the internet. The company doesn’t intend on keeping the money, though. The submitted $100 will be donated to Child’s Play, which is awesome. Seriously, there’s absolutely no way anyone can turn that aspect of the new Greenlight requirement into a bad thing.
I’ve seen a lot of people complaining about the new required fee. Surprisingly (or maybe even not that surprisingly), most of the people complaining aren’t even developers (though there are a few who are). Personally, I think paying $100 to get your game on Greenlight is a good thing. The proceeds go to a good cause, and it ensures that developers are actually serious about getting their games on Steam. Those who have a problem with paying the money, well, there’s always Kickstarter.
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