But they’re not keeping the money.
The Steam Greenlight launch hasn’t been all sunshine and rainbows, with plenty of joke/fake postings due to the open nature of Greenlight’s submission system. Well, Valve aren’t sitting idly by, they’re pushing out an update.
If you’re not familiar with Greenlight, it is a service that lets developers submit their games to Steam with the most popular being published. One of the major additions to the service is the new $100 fee that will be required with all submissions. This has caused a lot of different comments, for and against, but this is what Valve had to say:
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.
I personally don’t think that $100 is that big of a deal, if you’re at the point where you have a partial game in the works. Plus Child’s Play is a great cause that purchases toys for sick kids, and something you should look into yourself. Let us know your thoughts on Steam Greenlight and the latest updates.