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Steam Greenlight Launches

Valve has launched its proposed Steam Greenlight program to enlist community support for determining games to be released through the Steam service. Here's the deal:

Valve, creators of best-selling game franchises (such as Counter-Strike, Half-Life, Left 4 Dead, Portal, and Team Fortress) and leading technologies (such as Steam and Source), today announced the launch of Steam Greenlight, a new platform feature that enlists the community's help in selecting some of the next games to be released on Steam.

Announced earlier this summer, Steam 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. Greenlight piggybacks on Steam Workshop's flexible system that organizes content and lets customers rate and leave feedback.

"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."

As well as serving as a clearing house for game submissions, Greenlight provides an incredible level of added exposure for new games and an opportunity to connect directly with potential customers and fans.

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24. Re: Steam Greenlight Launches Aug 30, 2012, 21:51 Dev
John wrote on Aug 30, 2012, 14:33:
Verno wrote on Aug 30, 2012, 14:27:
They need to rethink parts of this, some fans are going to nominate games that are potentially stolen. I hope they have some oversight on this.

I would think they (Steam) checks for stuff like that before they allow it to be voted on.

They do not check or verify anything AT ALL. That isn't interesting or fun to valve. Remember their stated goal in doing this is to REDUCE the workload and only look at the top community games, so community does the boring work for them. They don't want to spend 24/7 policing this. Unfortunately for them, the way they set it up, any random griefer, troll, or fanboy can submit any game under the sun, or a made up game. Fanboys are submitting games they have no right to (devs are supposed to submit) that they want to see on steam. Trolls and griefers are submitting games that are already on steam, or made up games, or doing pron for pics of the game.

Valve is banning, but its only a community tab ban and only for 1 week. Not nearly enough.

IMHO, it should be a minimum of a week long total steam account ban for first offense. Otherwise this is going to turn into a infested mess and nothing much useful come out of greenlight. It should also be required that you have purchased a steam game to submit anything, so you can't just create a steam account for free and spam more.

Make sure if you like a project, to try and verify that its been put there by the real devs and not fanboys who like it, or trolls who might be trying to steal money out of a project.

Another valve release project that didn't have nearly enough forethought or testing put into it.

On the other hand, if they can get past the growing pains, hand out heavier bans, make submitting a project have a few more requirements, it could be something really great. I'd love to get some good community voted projects into steam that valve seems to ignore. My 500+ steam games aren't enough yet

This comment was edited on Aug 30, 2012, 22:22.
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