$100 For Greenlight
It has been only a few days since Steam Greenlight has been open to us and as of yet, over 700 submissions have poured into its gates. Now, with the initial success secured, Valve has introduced two changes to the system. Due to the - let’s be honest, this was slightly foreseeable - number of people submitting content that is either not relevant or simple, as Valve puts it, ‘noise’, a fee of $100 will be imposed upon all new submissions. All the money is said to be donated to Child’s Play. While $100 might seem like a serious fee for some, a developer who does not think his game would be worth that investment will probably not have a good game anyway. And if it cuts out all the timewasters, trolls and fools than it can only be beneficial - At least in theory.
The second change will see a more streamlined selection of games that are presented to you once you get onto Steam Greenlight section. Being made up of both, popular games and new additions, the list will be smaller yet only include those games that you have not yet rated. This will bring you into contact with games you have not previously seen and also prove to be a helping hand for developers who need to have their games in the spotlight.
There we go - Steam Greenlights first major changes. What’s your take on this? Do you feel a $100 is justified or is Valve making it a bit too tough?
Update: As a clarification for the confusion that has been caused by Valve's first announcement, the fee is indeed a one-time payment made by a developer, on Steam, to buy a Steam Greenlight submission pass. It is set at $100/ €90.