Five years ago, in 2012, Valve announced Steam Greenlight - a new attempt to surface content on Steam and allow users to vote on which games should be featured. Greenlight provided opportunity that would otherwise not be available or only secured through much greater hardship To its credit, The Verge reports that many games offered on Steam went on to sell in excess of $1 million. In its place the company is launching a new system called Steam Direct, which will give developers more straightforward access to the platform.
This spring, Greenlight will be replaced with Steam Direct, a program where any developer can publish their games on Steam - after they pay a submission fee. Greenlight, a service that allowed users and developers to throw lesser-known titles into Steam's service was initially successful but it started doing unprofitable business, this made the owners of Valve will take this decision.
"Over the same time period, the average number of titles purchased on Steam by individual customers has doubled", it added.
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The result of all these bits of data led Valve to create Steam Direct.
Developers of projects which weren't greenlighted will be invited to use the new service and provide an app fee if still interested in bringing the product to Steam. Then, they'll pay an application fee for each game, "which is meant to decrease the noise in the submission pipeline" - a polite way of saying that it will make people think twice before spending money submitting a low-quality game. If it ends up being on the higher end of the spectrum, many developers who are strapped for cash could be priced out of submitting their home-brewed titles to Steam - though nothing is confirmed about the application fee price as of yet.
Steam Direct will also require a publishing fee from developers, which, based on conversations with said content creators, could range from $100 to $5, 000, though it doesn't seem to be concrete yet.
KitGuru Says: Valve has made it clear that it doesn't want to curate the Steam Store itself.
Steam Direct is another step in Valve's process of making Steam better.
We're not sure how (or how much) Valve will vet submissions. They mention that the fees paid per game will be recouped, but they haven't yet decided on a final price for entry, stating...
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