Have your say.
Valve are handing you the keys to the kingdom, so to speak, with the advent of their new approval process for new games, Steam Greenlight. Greenlight will launch in August of 2012 and will let the community vote on which games are approved for distribution on the popular PC game distribution service.
Born out of the success of the Steam Workshop, Steam Greenlight will allow game companies, and indie devs, to submit videos, images and description of their game to the Steam Community. The community will then vote on which projects go ahead or don’t. There will, presumably, be some sort of further technical review done by Valve but which project move forward will be up to the members.
“Over the many years that Steam has been selling games, the release rate of games on Steam has continued to grow significantly. But given Steam’s existing technological pipeline for releasing games, there’s always been a reliance on a group of people to make tough choices on which games to not release on Steam. There are titles that have tied up this internal greenlight group in the past, and we knew there had to be a better way.” Valve said, in a press release earlier today.
It is my sincere hope that this will prevent situations like the denial of successful Nintendo eShop hit, Mutant Mudds, while critically panned disasters like Revelations 2012 are being approved. What better way to decide which games you release, than asking your customers?