As some of you may know, I’m a big fan of indie games and Steam’s Greenlight platform was a great way to get well deserving titles onto the Steam marketplace. But with no quality control Greenlight turned into a cesspool of asset flips and low-effort meme games. Which leads us to today’s announcement that in Spring 2017 Valve will be removing Steam Greenlight and replacing it with Steam Direct.
Steam Direct sees developers filling out digital paperwork and tax documents much like opening a new bank account. Instead of having a voting process, developers will need to pay an application fee for every title they want to distribute on the Steam platform. Right now Valve is working on how much they will be charging for the application which is in the ballpark of $100 to $5000.
While I believe this is a step in the right direction, Steam Direct could ultimately prevent well-deserving games from being made available on Steam. Although at the same time I can see this method of distribution helping prevent the hundreds upon hundreds of shovelware games continuing to show up on storefront daily. We’ll just have to wait and see how this new service plays out.
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