Steam Greenlight Announced
Steam continues to be some sort of giant hippie gaming commune, today announcing Steam Greenlight. Rather than solicit funding for games like Kickstarter, Steam Greenlight will be a community-facing portal that will allow members to vote and comment on games that are eligible to be distributed through Steam. The highest rated ones will be approved for distribution through the network.
Currently, a small group of workers at Valve has to decide which games will be sold through Steam and which won’t. By relying on the community, not only will they get a more accurate picture of what will perform well on the service, but they’ll also remove a bottleneck in the distribution process. Pretty smart, no?
The initiative will launch in August, and the official post on the Steam Community has more details about how to submit a game for the program.
Is this a good idea though? It’s a novel solution to a problem for sure, and awfully optimistic in respecting the machinations of the community. I just worry the first time a developer accidentally steps on a PR landmine and the Internet hate machine starts revving up, it’ll bring the wonderland of democracy crumbling down. Plus, you know it won’t take long before a game is misrepresented and lots of angry gamers cry murder once it’s released.
What do you guys think? More gold from Valve or a riot waiting to happen?