Valve Announces Steam Greenlight, Community Driven Submission Process for Indie Games

by Mike Bendel July 9, 2012 @ 2:09 pm

An increasing amount of indie developers have lamented over Steam’s submission process — which can be a lengthy endeavour at times. It’s understandable: Valve gets an overwhelming amount of game inclusion requests on Steam, and much of its time is spent on weeding out poor quality titles, or those that infringe on the intellectual property rights of others. As a result, sometimes valid submissions get glossed over.

To remedy this situation, Valve is launching Steam Greenlight. The initiative allows developers to post information about their game on Steam, publicly viewable by all users. Users can then vote on games they feel are a good fit on Steam. Valve’s philosophy is that the community should have involvement in deciding what gets to be released. If you think about it, it’s a great way to quickly eliminate the riff-raff and shift attention to the games that deserve it.

Specific terms regarding the submission process can be found over on Valve’s site. Steam Greenlight is scheduled to launch near the end of this August.

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