Steam Direct to Replace Steam Greenlight: Valve

Valve has now announced a new service called Steam Direct which will replace Greenlight. Previously, Valve has used Steam Greenlight to help lower the barrier of entry onto Steam for smaller developers.

Steam Direct is still in the early development stages. This service catalyzed the curation process by giving community members a say in what games made it onto the store. As a result of systemic exploitation, a high concentration of poor quality poisoned the well of opportunity for developers attempting to prove themselves.

Steam Greenlight is a system whereby users of Steam, Valve's digital PC games store, can express their interest (or lack thereof) in potential releases. But that system has broken in several ways over the last handful of years. Despite having been around in relatively the same form since it launched, the company has always maintained that it wanted more of an open marketplace approach ultimately. That volume would make curating Steam a near impossibility for Valve.

The question is, will any of this stop Steam from becoming a further dumping ground for poor games and shoddy work?

And those 10 games would never serve the tastes of every gamer that is now on Steam. If the old system was akin to a popularity contest, the new one is much less exciting - something that Valve describes as like "applying for a bank account". "We measure that happiness by how well we are able to connect customers with great content". Such has been a natural part of company growth and content. "Another reading of "recoupable" would mean you are supposed to kickstart your fee somehow, or it comes out of your games sales, or something". It'll be much more like the Google Play store on Android. Valve, however, won't feature certain games for everyone. The company claims it is already doing that. "Our goal is to provide developers and publishers with a more direct publishing path", wrote Valve employee Alden Kroll in a blog post.

Steam Direct will dismantle the Greenlight voting system. As the name suggests, Steam Direct will streamline the process for developers looking to get their games on Steam. "Greenlight was a super-useful stepping stone".

To solve these problems a lot of work was done behind the scenes, where we overhauled the developer publishing tools in Steamworks to help developers get closer to their customers.

But now, with Steam growing rapidly, the company sees now as the time to turn the reigns over to the community. And for more of the latest gaming news, simply stick around COGconnected.


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