By Kyle Emch / September 5th, 2012
So, Steam Greenlight was unveiled to the public recently. This new system allowed the public to vote on which games they want to see in the Steam store. Unfortunately, since just about anyone could post their stuff on the system, it quickly got overcrowded with false projects and the kind of stuff you typically see on the Xbox Live Indie Games selection.
To combat this, Valve decided to put a $100 fee for anyone who wanted to submit something onto the store from now on. This doesn’t include projects that have already been submitted to Greenlight and haven’t already been removed. The fee is entirely non-profit too, as all of it will be donated to Child’s Play. In addition to this, users will now have a smaller sampling of games that haven’t been rated yet that consist of “a mix of popular games and new games to Greenlight”.
This has already caused an explosive debate on Twitter, according to Destructoid. Personally, I agree with Valve’s decision. It’s a pretty good way to keep trolls from mucking up the system. Hopefully, it won’t deter too many developers from putting their games on Steam. Plus, Valve is giving the money it gains from this fee to Child’s Play. How can you possibly object to that?