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Valve turn to $100 submission fee to stem fake Greenlight proposals
Posted: 05.09.2012 12:01 by Simon Priest Comments: 2
Free is good, except when it's free to put forward a proposal on what you'd like to see arrive on Steam apparently. Valve's Greenlight program has seen a "ton of legitimate submissions".

However there's been a huge flood of completely fake ones too, which has become a problem. Valve will now charge $100 for a submission to take place, but they've "no interest in making money".

To that end all those dollar stacks will be funnelled into the charity Child's Play as the studio needs to "cut down the noise in the system," and let real submissions flourish.

These fakes that have littered Greenlight are the result of a joke "or by fans not fully understanding the purpose of Greenlight," acknowledged Valve. Charging $100 would cut down on both as people would take the time to better understand what Greenlight is all about. They're also updating its layout for easier searches.

Valve want to "improve your window into Greenlight and help you find “your kind” of games. The next time you visit Steam Greenlight you’ll be shown a smaller, manageable list of games that you haven’t rated. This view is a mix of popular games and new games to Greenlight." For more information visit the official community announcement.

$100 isn't really asking all that much for a Greenlight proposal given the huge market Steam enjoys among PC gamers, and it's great to see that a charity like Child's Play at least can benefit. There'll be no retroactive charges.
Source: Steam

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Comments

By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Sep 05, 2012
SirRoderick
Mmmm, not exactly ideal :/
By FoolWolf (SI Elite) on Sep 06, 2012
FoolWolf
Well, that kinds spoils the idea I guess - but well - it's your bad decision and if only the ideas worth 100$ is worthy of notice... a screw it - no its a bad idea. The only good thing would be the childs play - but I rather give charity to something closer to home or heart.