Valve Now Charging Developers $100 to Submit to Greenlight

A few days ago, Valve announced that Steam Greenlight, a community-driven effort to streamline the approval process for indie games to make it onto Steam, was finally live. The developer was probably too optimistic about Greenlight to see the hazards of hosting open submissions with relatively few stipulations. Within a matter of hours, Greenlight was flooded with fake content, including the ever-elusive sequel to Half-Life 2.

In order to beat back the tide of false submissions, Valve's tweaking Steam Greenlight's policies a bit. Now, developers will have to pay a $100 fee, which Valve will donate to the charity Child's Play, in order to submit an entry onto Greenlight. Considering the costs to develop a game, $100 isn't wildly expensive for an indie developer to pay, especially when it comes with advertising to the Steam community. The fee will also deter those submitting Half-Life 3 as a joke.

It's sad to see that those who decided to abuse a useful free service have ruined it for legitimate indie developers looking to get their content onto Greenlight. $100 isn't a heavy price to pay, but it's quite a bit heftier than free.

 

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  • vittau
    Wonderful, no more free games will be submitted now... ¬¬

    That's why we can't have good things I guess, stupid people everywhere.
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  • ikefu
    I'm willing to bet anyone with a good game will be able to come up with $100. Especially considering it wouldn't take hardly anything to make the money back from purchases if it was really worth submitting.
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  • willard
    Funny to see all the "zomg, $100 is so much" comments. $100 is...

    1) Less than the average American spends on gas each month ($177)
    2) Less than the average American family of four spends on groceries each week (around $150)
    3) Less than the average American makes during one day of work ($176)
    4) About the same as the average American spends on cable TV each month
    5) About what you'd make working a part time, minimum wage job for a week.

    $100 isn't exactly chump change or the kind of money you find in a pair of jeans you haven't worn in a while, but it's not a massive barrier to entry either.
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  • vittau
    Wonderful, no more free games will be submitted now... ¬¬

    That's why we can't have good things I guess, stupid people everywhere.
    25
  • booyaah
    We are also accepting donations to the booyaah beer fund :)
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  • ikefu
    I'm willing to bet anyone with a good game will be able to come up with $100. Especially considering it wouldn't take hardly anything to make the money back from purchases if it was really worth submitting.
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