Valve is holding its Steam Dev Days conference in Seattle over the next two days, welcoming in over 2,000 game development professionals. Though the event is closed off to the press, details about the future of Steam have made their way out. Notably, Valve is promising that Greenlight will eventually "go away."
While Steam Greenlight has been a way to crowdsource game submissions and help indie developers find their way onto the Steam marketplace, Valve has acknowledged that the idea has been far from perfect and needs to move forward.
"Our goal is to make Greenlight go away," said Valve president Gabe Newell (via VentureBeat). "Not because it's not useful, but because we're evolving."
While Newell didn't specify how this process would evolve, his statement does point to a friendlier Steam platform that would allow small developers an easier path towards having their games published. To that end, the over 2,000 developers in attendance are receiving a free Steam Machine to assist them in development. As of now, Greenlight features 422 Greenlit titles and 177 full releases.