Valve has come out with a new way to pull gamers closer to its Steam service. Introducing Steam Greenlight, a new initiative that involves the Steam community in green-lighting some games that have a chance at being released on Steam.
Anna Sweet from Valve commented that this will take some edge off of their decisions:
“Making the call to publish or not publish a title isn’t fun. Many times opinions vary and our internal jury is hung on a decision. But with the introduction of the Steam Workshop we realized an opportunity to enlist the community’s help as we review certain titles and, hopefully, increase the volume and quality of creative submissions.”
If it isn’t fun then why are you letting us do it? Of course I’m just kidding with that jab.
The feature will follow in the Steam Workshop’s footsteps, allowing people to rate and leave feedback. Developers and publishers will be in the hotseat, posting information, screenshots and trailers about their game and letting the community vote them on or off the Steam island.
Steam Greenlight sounds like a welcome feature that helps involve the community in some smaller game decisions. For instance, I don’t believe that Valve will let us vote on whether the next THQ game will get to appear on their service. We’ll just be voting on small fries and junior shakes.
Expect to see a bunch of “please upvote our game on Steam Greenlight!” posts in your Twitter and Facebook feeds if you’re following any indie developers.
Steam Greenlight is planned to release on August 30, 2012.