Valve will be phasing out Steam Greenlight to make way for Steam Direct
A major change on how indie devs can get their games posted on Steam is about to go live.
Steam, the digital distribution platform owned and operated by gaming development company Valve, is about to change things up with how independent developers can have their game posted on the platform by canning its current Greenlight system in exchange for the new Steam Direct.
Announced through the Steam Community Blog, Steam Direct will have developers fulfill a certain set of paperwork which includes personal or company documents and tax verification and pay a recoupable fee for each title that they submit, rather than just paying one time upon registration. The goal of this change is to help “decrease the noise in the submission pipeline” and decrease instances of joke submissions and titles with stolen assets.
But how much will the fee be? According to the announcement, Valve is still discussing things internally and has even reached out to studios and developers with values ranging from USD 100 to USD 5,000 being thrown as suggestions.
The new Steam Direct will roll out sometime Spring of this year. As of the moment, Valve says that they are open to any feedback regarding this move before it gets completely implemented as indie developers are obviously torn between what’s good and what’s bad with this new system.