Steam Greenlight Ends Spring 2017; New Fees Could Range From $100 To $5000
Steam Greenlight
(Last Updated On: February 10, 2017)

Instead of a community curated process for games submitted through Steam Greenlight looking to get onto the Steam store, Valve will be axing Greenlight altogether. Instead they will implement Steam Direct, a process which sees developers filling out forms, tax documents and paying a fee between $100 or up to $5,000 per game submission.

Niche Gamer picked up the news from a post over on the Steam community thread, where Valve laid out their plans to overhaul the curation process for indie devs to get their games onto Steam. They mention that the fees paid per game will be recouped, but they haven’t yet decided on a final price for entry, stating…

“While we have invested heavily in our content pipeline and personalized store, we’re still debating the publishing fee for Steam Direct. We talked to several developers and studios about an appropriate fee, and they gave us a range of responses from as low as $100 to as high as $5,000. There are pros and cons at either end of the spectrum, so we’d like to gather more feedback before settling on a number.”

$250 seems like an appropriate fee. Just enough to force trolls not to bother but not enough to completely break the bank of indie developers.

As usual, debates and arguments broke out over the fees required from developers in order to put their game onto Steam. Some argue that Greenlight should stay but with better staff curation (but what happens when the staff delete a game that people might like and begin yelling “censorship”?) others argued that the fees should be minimal so everyone can get on, a few more argued that fees should be high so no crap gets through.

Through the use of graphs, Valve noted over on Gamasutra that they needed to take these steps as more games become available on the platform and more revenue is being made. They’ve noted that a lot of indie devs are now accruing more than $200,000 in sales, and they need to do a better job of ensuring that people who like certain kinds of games find exactly what they’re looking for.

Hopefully Valve doesn’t let the internet noise get to them over the closure of Steam Greenlight, because there is no easy answer for this problem, and there is no easy solution for the equation of “curating crap”. As the old saying goes, one man’s wine is another man’s piss.


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  • LurkerJK

    Good, now crack down on early access

    Forbid micro-transactions/dlc until its in “release state” and add a much higher pay wall for that and a time limit with increasing punishments if its not met (not being allowed in sales, limiting the sale price, being removed from the store, blacklisting the developer, etc etc)

    There is no freaking incentive to leave early access, you keep your universal excuse for all the jankiness on your game, you can exploit your users as much as you want and bail out at any time

  • Disqusted

    Hope it doesn’t end up like their shitty Skyrim mod shop garbage.

    • LurkerJK

      Sadly the mod store shows that Valve is willing to ride the edge of store shittyness as long as it makes money, they are only going to act when they are losing customers

      More competition is needed, at least GOG seems to be growing and more new games are releasing there too

  • EroBotan

    i hope it’s 100% guaranteed recoupable and the fee is less than 500$ …

    • LurkerJK

      The point is that you need to be confident enough that you are going to make it back before putting your game in the store

      if the amount is so easy to recover that anyone would make it back then it wont change anything

      • EroBotan

        come one, 500$ is already a lot >.<

  • Hawk Hopper

    I wonder if the fee will be based on the devs’ tax records?

    Maybe the fee will be waived entirely if you identify as an attack helicopter.

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