Valve responds to angry indie developers over $100 Steam Greenlight fee
Posted: 08.09.2012 06:53 by Comments: 5
Valve reacted to the flood of fake and porn-titled indie games that infected the company's Steam Greenlight proposal by forcing developers to pay $100 (about 60) as an entry fee, with the money going towards a charity.

However, indie developers are hopping mad about having to shell out the money just to apply to Greenlight, especially since there are no guarantee gamers would vote on their game. For example, Slenderman Stories: The Orphanage was downvoted by gamers because of the concept, without even seeing the game.

Slenderman Stories gets bashed by fans automatically.

Even before the $100 charge, Steam Greenlight has become less a way to get games noticed and more a beauty contest by way of American Idol voting.

Valve in the meantime has issued a statement, reading, "We always try to build quick iteration into our process for development of new features, and Greenlight will be no different. We have a huge list of suggestions from customers and the lessons we've learned from shipping, so Greenlight will definitely continue to evolve over the next weeks and months as we tune the system and add valuable features."

Indie developers probably aren't mollified by Valve's non-answer to their complaints. Stay tuned.
Source: GamesRadar
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By nocutius (SI Elite) on Sep 08, 2012
Perhaps they should simply return the money to the applicants unless it becomes clear it was a fake entry.
Oh right, Steam doesn't refund :).
By unsilviu (SI Core) on Sep 08, 2012
I've heard it does sometimes if you run into nice support people. But I think TotalBiscuit is right here, the downvote button has no sense here, you want to see how many people want to buy/play these games, not how many don't. I don't think Activision cares about those who never play FPS.
By danfreeman (SI Elite) on Sep 08, 2012
TB is right,the biggest problem is the downvote button.Who cares if you don`t want to see the game on steam? I want to see it and i`m gonna vote for it and you go vote for games you like.
By JonahFalcon (SI Elite) on Sep 08, 2012
I say just screw it and go to Kickstarter or Indiegogo. Steam Greenlight is too much like iTunes - impossible to find games, too weighted towards people who have the most friends, etc.

Just give the projects you like money. Period.
By shadowshifters (I just got here) on Oct 26, 2012
Shadowshifters here, dev of Slenderman The Orphanage - as it transpires, the initial kneejerk 30% negative comments quickly dwindled to 10%, perfectly acceptable in most democracies! The game is today #12 on Greenlight and looking good for Steam distribution, so happy days!