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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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21. Re: Steam Greenlight Adding Listing Fee Sep 5, 2012, 17:23 mag
 
mch wrote on Sep 5, 2012, 16:52:
I'm completely fine with the $100 fee, and good for them to donate it Child's Play.

I was surprised by an op-ed I read earlier ("The $100 fee for Steam Greenlight submissions is exclusionary, and wrong"). I enjoy Ben's reviews (moreso when he was with Ars), but I can't agree with him here.

Sure, maybe the fee might still serve its purpose if it was slightly lower (personally I think the $10 number thrown around is too low), but $100 isn't too high. I certainly wouldn't call it 'exclusionary' or 'wrong'. Like I've seen some others say, isn't $100 just a tiny Kickstarter away?

Haha. I guessed that this was from the Penny Arcade Report before clicking. Everything I've seen there has seemed very wrong-headed.
 
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