Steam Greenlight Announced

Valve announces Steam Greenlight, an upcoming program to support small game development, akin to the film Project Greenlight, but hopefully with less Shia LaBeouf. They say "Making the call to publish or not publish a title isn't fun," so we have that to look forward to as of August 30th. Here's word:
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 Steam Greenlight, a new platform feature that enlists the community's help in selecting some of the next games to be released on Steam.

Steam Greenlight will allow developers and publishers to post information and media about their game in an effort to convince the Community that their game should be released on Steam. Greenlight piggybacks on Steam Workshop's flexible system that organizes content and lets customers rate and leave feedback.

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

"Making the call to publish or not publish a title isn't fun," said Anna Sweet, at Valve. "Many times opinions vary and our internal jury is hung on a decision. But with the introduction of the Steam Workshop we realized an opportunity to enlist the community's help as we review certain titles and, hopefully, increase the volume and quality of creative submissions."

Steam Greenlight will be released August 30.
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jdreyer wrote on Jul 9, 2012, 22:49:
Dev wrote on Jul 9, 2012, 22:39:
Which is fine if its parody. Pretty sure the whole game is one parody after another wrapped in a giant parody.
I wasn't specifically looking for infractions, so nothing much stood out to me beyond the title, and stuff like red magic=fire which is pretty generic.

I've also seen titles on steam that seem to be far more ripoffs than this one.

Just my opinion though.

It was also rejected by gog.com. Maybe it just skirts so close to the line that the publishers don't want the cost/headache of defending the game against a lawsuit.
GoG and steam are delivery platforms, just because a game like Sims is on there, doesn't mean valve is the publisher for it (EA is publisher for sims). If something like that happened, they'd just drop the game, not spend money to defend it.

However, it would generate complains in the customer base if they had to pull a game off the store front, or worse yet, delete it out of people's bought and paid for owned list.

I don't know why it was rejected on GoG or steam, but if it was rejected for that kinda thing, I'm sure its more to avoid hassle and bad publicity than any fear of getting sued.
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