Valve planning to remove Greenlight and replace it with Steam Direct

Gare – Monday, February 13, 2017 10:40 AM
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Steam Greenlight, a platform originally intending to help a wide variety of developers get their games up on Steam, will soon be going away, although not necessarily in the way you might think. Come spring 2017, Valve will end Greenlight’s service and replace it with what they have dubbed Steam Direct.

Steam Direct will require developers to go through a verification process by filling out some digital paperwork while also supplying tax and other verification documents. Following this, a recoupable application fee will need to be paid, the amount of which is still undecided at present – based on feedback Valve received from developers, it could potentially be anywhere between $100 and $5000. We’re not quite sure just yet how this might affect the market as a whole – the verification process and an increased fee might prevent certain games of… well, questionable quality and value from hitting Steam’s store front; on the other hand, a hefty entry fee might also place smaller indie companies in a more difficult situation.

We’ll be keeping an eye on how this develops until spring.

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