Valve Charging $100 to Submit Game to Steam Greenlight

Yesterday we mentioned that Steam Greenlight was having lots of trouble dealing with smart alecks and trolls posting fictitious games in its new indie game discovery program. Today Valve has come up with a solution: anyone who wants to submit a game to the service for consideration will have to pay $100. The money will apparently go to the Child's Play charity.

Valve says that this is the best way to deal with the "significant amount of noise and clutter being submitted," but some in the community say that the price is too high and paying that money provides no guarantee that a submitted title will get approval.

"We have no interest in making money from this, but we do need to cut down the noise in the system," wrote Valve's Alden Kroll on the company's official blog.

Source: Polygon


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    Left4Dead says:

    They should just make it a $100 security deposit that you get back once it has been determined by the community that you actually own the intellectual property.  Tack on a "you won't get the security deposit back if you don't actually own the intellectual property and the application gets rejected as a result" statement to the legal agreement the developer agrees to in order to get into Greenlight.  Problem solved.  Donating part or all of the security deposit to charity should be optional but encouraged and all of it goes to charity if the game isn't the intellectual property of the individual posting it.  This keeps the accounting simple.

    Remember what I said yesterday about programmers working out the kinks in Greenlight?  Yeah, they are busy fixing junk like this in order to deal with trolls to make Greenlight usable again.  But implementing a full credit card processing system to deal with the trolls via a $100 deposit isn't something they should really whip out quickly.  Hopefully there was some good security analysis there or we might see a security breach announced in the next couple of days on GP.  From my perspective, the timing of the "Seduce Me" game was just bad timing as evidenced by this article.  Valve programming resources are simply elsewhere on more critical problems at the moment dealing with the fallout of the launch of Greenlight.

    -- Left4Dead --

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    Papa Midnight says:

    Hopefully, this reduces the five million or so fake submissions of WarCraft III, Diablo II and III, and StarCraft II to the Greenlight program.

    That stuff gets real annoying to sift through real fast.

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