Valve has announced that it is retiring Steam’s crowd sourcing distribution focus group Greenlight, and intends to replace it with Steam Direct. The new service is supposed to be a direct way for developers to get their games on Steam.
In their announcement Valve explained their vision was to step further away from a carefully curated games library to a more streamlined distribution model. Greenlight, according to Valve, was the largest remaining obstacle to having this direct path from developer to customer.
Elaborating on their reasoning, Valve stated that their diverse audience was after different experiences. “For example, we see some people that sink thousands of hours into one or two games, while others purchase dozens of titles each year and play portions of each. Some customers are really excited about 4X strategy games, while others just buy visual novels."
Steam Direct is slated to launch in Spring 2017. Developers will set themselves up in the system and pay a recoupable application fee for each new title they wish to distribute. The level of this fee is still currently being debated, with Valve seeking feedback and industry input.
What do you think? Will Valve removing the floodgates result in too many poor quality games gracing Steam, or will it result in the variety you crave with the added bonus of giving indie devs a break? Let us know in the comments.