Steam to End Greenlight for New Steam Direct Program

Steam will be dismantling Greenlight and streamline distribution of new titles with Steam Direct.


Steam has announced they will be ending the Steam Greenlight program in favor of a new program called Steam Direct. According to Steam over 100 Greenlight titles have made over $1 million in sales. However, Valve stated that in an attempt to streamline their distribution system and allow for direct publishing path, they will be discontinuing Steam Greenlight in Spring 2017 and replacing it with Steam Direct.

Steam Greenlight allowed developers to submit their game to Steam for a $100 fee and be voted on by the community. The games with the most votes were allowed to release on the Steam digital storefront, and many indie publishers were able to connect to gamers in a way never available before through Greenlight. However, according to Valve's announcement, they see Steam Greenlight as a stepping stone to a more direct distribution system.

Steam Direct will dismantle the Greenlight voting system. Instead, developers will be asked to be verified, complete paperwork, and tax documents. Once developers have applied and are accepted into the Steam Direct program; they'll have to pay a refundable application fee for each new game they wish to distribute through Steam.

The publishing fee for Steam Direct hasn't been finalized yet, and neither has the launch date of the new program. With the abuse of Greenlight voting in the past, I can see why Valve would desire to deal directly with developers. However, there was a large community built around Steam Greenlight that may feel betrayed by Valve's move. We'll bring you more on Steam Direct as information becomes available.

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    February 10, 2017 10:40 AM

    Jason Faulkner posted a new article, Steam Ends Greenlight for New Steam Direct Program

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      February 10, 2017 10:42 AM

      Why would anyone feel betrayed by this? Isn't this nothing but good?

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        February 10, 2017 10:48 AM

        Because the Greenlight community won't be a thing anymore, and those we regularly voted on titles may feel like power is being taken away from the consumer.

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          February 10, 2017 10:53 AM

          But won't any game be able to be published now with no voting process at all? Someone just has to prove that they're a legitimate developer and they're in.

          If people get upset about that...

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            February 10, 2017 10:56 AM

            As far as Valve's described the Steam Direct process so far you'll have to be verified and pay a per title fee to distribute through Steam. I'm all for it, but there are cliques of people who hover around the Greenlight scene that are more than likely going to be angry.

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          February 10, 2017 11:00 AM

          eh it's more like Valve tried to crowd source quality control on new games to be placed into the store and it failed, so now they are doing something else.

    • Zek legacy 10 years legacy 20 years
      February 10, 2017 12:11 PM

      Without knowing details it's hard to say whether this is intended to streamline the process, or to filter out the growing collection of garbage games on Steam.

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      February 10, 2017 12:18 PM

      Doesn't surprise me in the least. The system was very prone to be manipulated by youtube/social media influencers. Not mention other things like review fraud.

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