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Steam Greenlight Adding Listing Fee

The recently launched Steam Greenlight program has a problem with its signal-to-noise ratio, as Valve has been flooded with legitimate submissions as well as joke entries from the collection of comedian known as the internet. To combat this, they announce they are adding a one hundred dollar submission fee, which will be contributed to charity. Here's word:

Two things we’ve noticed so far. First, there are a ton of legitimate submissions that people want to see. Second, there is unfortunately a significant amount of noise and clutter being submitted, either as a joke or by fans not fully understanding the purpose of Greenlight.

So, with those things in mind, today we’ve made two updates to how Greenlight works.

The first update is a $100 fee for someone to post to Steam Greenlight. The proceeds will be donated to Child’s Play. We have no interest in making money from this, but we do need to cut down the noise in the system. (Note: Anyone who has already posted a submission to Greenlight will not have to retroactively pay for any existing submissions, but will need to do so for any future submissions.)

The second part of this update is to improve your window into Greenlight and help you find “your kind” of games. The next time you visit Steam Greenlight you’ll be shown a smaller, manageable list of games that you haven’t rated. This view is a mix of popular games and new games to Greenlight.

In the end, we’re very interested in maintaining an environment that is fair and beneficial to everyone involved, and one that fun and rewarding to join.

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10. Re: Steam Greenlight Adding Listing Fee Sep 5, 2012, 12:36 Verno
 
Dev wrote on Sep 5, 2012, 12:29:
How would it defeat the purpose? A refund after a year or whatever would be taking it out of the troll's pockets for that long, and if it was a fraud project, then it would get reported and they wouldn't get it back at all.

The purpose is a barrier of entry to cut down on pointless submissions and ill thought out projects seeking to make a buck, as already explained by both the news source and others. Most payment processors will not allow you to put a hold on a customers card for anywhere near that long and I don't see Valve establishing their own escrow service. This is a fine solution and will do exactly what is intended while also putting some money into a charity.

few indies will spend the $100 stuff

This isn't the only way to get your game on Steam, there is still the traditional method of contacting Valve directly and going through their process. Seeing as many small indies have enjoyed success on Steam I can't agree that they wouldn't view a $100 as money well spent. Greenlight isn't just game approval, its eye balls and feedback too.
 
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