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Message To Devs Trying To Bypass Greenlight

By BloodyFanGirl01-06-2013

Steam Greenlight finds itself in a spot of bother this week over indie shooter Paranautical Activity. The devs behind the game, Code Avarice first put the game on Greenlight before they were contacted by Adult Swim about publishing their game and making it available through Steam. The Steam Greenlight page for the game was consequently abandoned.

It turns out that the deal with Adult Swim Games was blocked by Valve. The devs said that Valve explained their decision, saying that they "didn't want to send the message that indies can seek out publishers to bypass Steam Greenlight." Code Avarice are now trying to get their Greenlight campaign back on track.

Valve's Dom Lombardi has since further elaborated on the decision and how other indie developers ought to approach choosing between Greenlight and straight up backing from another publisher. He said, "We review Greenlight votes, reviews, and a variety of factors in the Greenlight process. However our message to indies regarding publishers is do it for your own reasons, but do not split your royalties with a publisher expecting an automatic 'Yes' on Greenlight."

Code Avarice has since released a video themselves showcasing footage from Paranautical Activity as well as giving a rundown of what's happening with the game. You can watch that above.

What do you make of all of this? Let us know in the comments below.

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I'm with Valve on this one