Valve announced in their official Steam Community blog that submissions have been coming in fast for Steam Greenlight. However, despite over 700 submissions, certain issues have cropped up quickly for the service designed to highlight indie games.
“Two things we’ve noticed so far. First, there are a ton of legitimate submissions that people want to see,” posted Valve employee Alden Kroll. “Second, there is unfortunately a significant amount of noise and clutter being submitted, either as a joke or by fans not fully understanding the purpose of Greenlight.“
This has prompted an update requiring a $100 fee for anyone to post to Steam Greenlight. This money will go to the Child’s Play charity and will not be retroactively applied to any game that has already been submitted.
“The second part of this update is to improve your window into Greenlight and help you find ‘your kind’ of games. The next time you visit Steam Greenlight you’ll be shown a smaller, manageable list of games that you haven’t rated. This view is a mix of popular games and new games to Greenlight,” notes Kroll. “In the end, we’re very interested in maintaining an environment that is fair and beneficial to everyone involved, and one that fun and rewarding to join.”
“And, of course, we’re going to keep iterating on this system and updating as we learn more about how the community and developers want to utilize it,” Kroll concluded.