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Steam Greenlight Adds Entry Fee, Removes Sexual Content

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Jonathan Lester
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Steam, Steam Greenlight, Valve

Steam Greenlight Adds Entry Fee, Removes Sexual Content

Steam Greenlight, the new service that allows the Steam community to discuss and vote on potential candidates for the distribution platform, has already been forced to combat a slew of hoax, unsuitable and sexually explicit content. A small but significant barrier to entry has been introduced in the form of a one-off £70 entry fee, which allows a developer to subsequently submit as many games as they'd like. Valve argues that this measure will "cut down the noise in the system" and deter trolls from getting involved, with money going directly to Child's Play rather than their own coffers.

Valve will also remove gratuitous sexually explicit content when they see it, following a project called "Seduce Me" appearing on the service. Doug Lombardi told Kotaku that "Steam has never been a leading destination for erotic material. Greenlight doesn't aim to change that."

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Tsung  Sep. 5, 2012 at 15:57

Noise is right, it's the most pointless venture I've seen from Steam in a long time. On the first day it helpfully asked me to rate 490+ games, how many games are there now?

I dunno, maybe steam should offer incentives for people to review the game submissions. Maybe only offering a few at a time to review / rate (5 a week randomly picked) would help reduce the noise and increase the chance people will bother.

If you want to rate a game that is not in the 5 picked (for instance Towns) you should be able to find it with a search.

Maybe Greenlight should only be used for games where there is a working demo / beta / alpha available?. If someone can demo the game idea they are much more serious and are likely to finish it.

JonLester  Sep. 5, 2012 at 16:12

Noise is right, it's the most pointless venture I've seen from Steam in a long time. On the first day it helpfully asked me to rate 490+ games, how many games are there now?

I dunno, maybe steam should offer incentives for people to review the game submissions. Maybe only offering a few at a time to review / rate (5 a week randomly picked) would help reduce the noise and increase the chance people will bother.

If you want to rate a game that is not in the 5 picked (for instance Towns) you should be able to find it with a search.

Maybe Greenlight should only be used for games where there is a working demo / beta / alpha available?. If someone can demo the game idea they are much more serious and are likely to finish it.


Greenlight is definitely in the teething stages, no doubt about that. After a while, though, things are probably going to settle down - and proper communities are going to start to form around the most deserving games rather than Steam customers just milling around without direction.

Yes, I agree with your suggestion that games should have at least a prototype, alpha, beta or demo (or be already released on other platforms) to qualify. That said, Valve did state that developers have to classify a game as a 'concept' if it hasn't entered full development when they originally announced the service.

I'm all for any service that helps indie developers get some publicity, increase exposure and create communities - it's odd that you can't (at least as far as I can see, please let me know if I've missed something) optionally choose to only view games that have an alpha/beta/demo/prototype build - OR concepts. This would solve the problem quite nicely.

Last edited by JonLester, Sep. 5, 2012 at 16:21

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