February 10, 2017 | by John
Steam Greenlight Gets the Axe

Steam Greenlight was often decried as one of the worst parts of Valve’s Steam pipeline. Games were often dumped onto the storefront with little to no work done, and even promising games were often stuck in unfinished limbo due to the wonky nature of Greenlight’s approvement regulations.

Today, Valve announced that this is changing. Steam Greenlight will become Steam Direct, which seems to make the process easier for everyone. Developers must now fill out professional paperwork to appear on the service and pay a deposit for each game they wish to upload to the service. Valve isn’t sure how much they’ll be asking for the deposit yet, with their numbers ranging from 100$ to 5000$. Valve hopes that by introducing a few more hurdles to the application process, Steam Direct will weed out the Digital Homicides and Wild Animal Racings of the world.

This may cause issues to smaller, legitimate developers, so I do hope that the deposit is on the lower side. However, if Valve keeps their developers honest and helps them get on the store front once the paperwork goes through, this could be far better than the absolute shitshow Greenlight was for the last few years. Steam Direct would launch this Spring.

John Michonski is Video Game Choo Choo's Editor in Chief. He's a fun man who likes to do good.

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