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Steam Greenlight officially launches

By David Radd

Steam Greenlight officially launches

Thu 30 Aug 2012 7:32pm GMT / 3:32pm EDT / 12:32pm PDT

Indies have a new way to earn approval on Steam

Valve officially launched Steam Greenlight today. This new platform is designed to let the Steam community select some of the games that will release on the direct download service.

"We've been working on this feature for the last few months with the input from a group of indie partners, and the response has been extremely positive," said Valve's Anna Sweet. "With the additional help of beta testers, we are able to launch with a solid line-up of titles for the community to start viewing and rating. And, as we've done with all Steam features, we intend to continually grow and modify Greenlight as more and more developers and community members have a chance to get involved."

Announced earlier in the summer, Steam Greenlight is designed to help developers and publishers post information and media about their game to try and gain approval for a general release on Steam. Users can rate and leave feedback for games using Steam Workshop.

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Thomas Dolby Project Manager / Lead Programmer, Ai Solve

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It was certainly an interesting launch, but even in the first few hours you can start to see some of the cracks emerging. There were vague concept games and hastily thrown together mish-mashes of MS-Paint graphics, along with some people that didn't seem to get the concept at all and were crying out for Battlefield 3 and Medal of Honor to appear on Steam. It also seems to have some problems with discovery as well, the filtering options didn't seem to be very powerful or varied at this stage.

Very early days for Valve yet though, so hopefully they'll iron these out in time.

Posted:4 years ago


Darren Adams Managing Director, ChaosTrend

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I totally agree with you Thomas; I spent a good 45-60 mins on it last night and can't see Greenlight working unless it is better moderated.

There were some really dodgy titles put up last night that were blatantly racist, phobic, copied or just downright infantile. Even some of the 'legit' devs had submitted games that are rip-off F2P that nobody in their right mind would touch with a bargepole.

I love Valve and hope they make it a little harder for idiots to abuse the system, because I can see it being a good thing if tightened up a little.

Posted:4 years ago


Kingman Cheng Illustrator and Animator

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Indeed it's not quite there yet but the heart of it is in the right place I would say.

I've just voted for Half Life 3. :P

Posted:4 years ago


Nicholas Pantazis Senior Editor, VGChartz Ltd

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I don't think the point is to have it heavily moderated... the point is for users to do the moderation. There are report features for removing the games that are using it wrong, after all. That said, powerful sorting tools would be HUGELY appreciated.

Posted:4 years ago


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