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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Valve Launches Steam Greenlight

Valve launched Steam Greenlight today, a service that lets Steam community members give feedback to developers regarding their upcoming titles and vote for games that interest them. According to the press release, Greenlight "allows developers and publishers to post information and media about their game in an effort to convince the Community that the game should be released on Steam."

Each game's page looks pretty similar to a page from the existing Steam store with the addition of some voting buttons:

As of 4:40pm EST the Greenlight page tells me that "277 items are waiting for your rating," though it looks like several games don't exactly abide by the terms of use - there was a submission for Age of Mythology that was removed right before I clicked on it. Still, it looks like a lot of indie developers had circled today's date on their calendar because there's a lot of content up there already.

(As of 4:45pm EST, the page shows 267 items available, so it looks like Valve is trying to weed out submissions that weren't made by original authors and copyright holders.)

Hopefully Steam Greenlight will help indie developers promote their games and ultimately cash in by getting them added to Steam.


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