News: Valve Software’s new community service, Greenlight, has seen a pretty rocky launch, but Valve Software will “figure it out”, as it did in the early days of Steam.
Well now, Greenlight‘s first time in the field hasn’t exactly been a smooth ride. Valve Software meant for the service to allow the community to champion the projects that deserve a place on Steam‘s servers, but it was soon overrun with a dirge of bogus entries and practical jokes, prompting the installation of a one-time submission fee to the tune of $100. Our own Lewis Denby voiced his reservations here.
Speaking at IGDA Seattle, Valve outlined its plan for the future of Greenlight and reflected on its first few steps. Matthew S. Burns was there and tweeted some interesting tidbits from the presentation. For instance, the “$100 fee instantly cut the joke/troll submissions to zero.” Makes sense, as who would want to “spend $100 on a joke that would last 15 minutes?”
Valve is looking into other things for Greenlight as well. The submission fees may be donated to charities other than Child’s Play and the question of whether Greenlight might also extend to film entries gets a definite “maybe“.
A mysterious Tom B. then closes the presentation by saying that “Steam’s launch was also rocky, [but] it’s still early and Valve will figure it out.”
A couple of projects have already been successfully greenlit, which Valve saw fit to highlight.