September 4th, 2012 | By Alex Wilkinson
It is no surprise that the community project Steam Greenlight has gotten a lot of press and an ever growing collection of hopeful games waiting for the greenlight. Valve say the number of titles has reached over 700 submissions so far and still climbing, sadly within this collection there is a significant number of titles that are of the shovelware variety with many being submitted for a joke and thus obscuring the actual legitimate titles they are trying to promote.
Valve therefore have decided to change the way posts will be placed on the Greenlight project with the first update imposing a fee of $100 to post a title on the Greenlight, however don’t worry about Valve being out for money because all proceeds from this will go straight to the charity Child’s Play. The only purpose Valve want to fulfill with this is to reduce the noise and illegitimate titles currently being posted whilst not trying to alienate the vast majority of legitimate titles and don’t worry if you already have titles posted as they will not be affected.
The second change Valve are going to be making with regards to Greenlight is to try and tailor the titles you see when you open the Greenlight project by showing “your kind” of games. In the hopes you will have a much smaller list more accurately tailored at you which is easier see potential titles you personally would be interested in.
It is an interesting change to the system which did have problems from the start with it was very open to abuse, hopefully this will help to create a more fair system for the better of the community as a whole. This is no doubt only the first step to better tailor the Greenlight project so be sure to check back to The Indie Game Magazine for all the latest new as and when it develops.