Valve today announced that it’s closing down Steam Greenlight in favor of the more straightforward Steam Direct. For game developers, this means easier access to the store, and for users, no more voting for games.
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Publishing a game on Steam Direct would require the developers to jump through some hoops. Valve wants them “to complete a set of digital paperwork, personal or company verification, and tax documents similar to the process of applying for a bank account.”
Developers would also have to pay a fee for each game they want published, though Valve says they are still deciding on the exact amount. This would “decrease the noise in the submission pipeline.”
This is part of Valve’s larger overhaul of Steam, intended to connect its users with content they’ll actually buy. The new Discovery and Curation features help gamers find games of their preferred genres. Valve says Direct is part of an ongoing improvement process, so we may be seeing more updates very soon.
Steam Direct is planned to officially replace Greenlight in Spring 2017.