A Green Light At Tunnel’s End
Valve, a company well-known for their innovations, great titles like Half-Life, as well as their platform, Steam. The latter is what I would like to discuss here, as on 7th of May Valve held a live chat with some indie developers, discussing one of the more interesting areas of Steam – Greenlight project.
Greenlight, as you most probably know, is a program designed to allow independent developers to sell their games on Steam. As a relatively new feature, Greenlight is still under development and Valve wanted to know what does the most interested group, the devs, have to say about it. We have the chat trimmed down to the juiciest bits by Crunching Coalas. There is little info which could be of interest to an average player, but these are worth pointing out:
• Valve aims to provide Steamworks API to a broader range of developers, so that Greenlight games could be started before the actual voting process.
• Also, their goal is to have Greenlit more games than now, but it will require some technical improvements
• In the future, Greenlight may be divided into "Games that are ready to go" and "Games that are in development" sections.
• Games are Greenlit based on multiple conditions and individually, so the "Yes" votes are not the only factor
• Valve is not going to force people to use Greenlight, despite some developers being discontent with the number of users regularly browsing it
• It is possible that a "Demo" button will be introduced to Greenlight
Seeing how Steam is the leading force in the online distribution of games, we can surely expect it to develop further. And seeing how indie games are currently becoming more and more popular (thank God), it is only natural that Valve would try to improve their Greenlight. Well, good going guys!