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Steam Greenlight open for business and accepting submissions
Steam Greenlight open for business and accepting submissions
August 30, 2012 | By Eric Caoili

Greenlight, Steam's new avenue for getting more indie games on its popular digital distribution service, is now open, and users have started rating titles for possible approval.

After sifting through submissions from studios wanting to get on the platform, Steam has opened its Greenlight site where its community can rate and learn more about different titles

The service's operator Valve reviews the projects that receive the most attention, puts them through its standard approval process, and decides whether to offer them on Steam.

It's more than just a way for developers to get on Steam -- it also gives game makers added exposure for their titles, featuring them on a platform with more than 54 million registered users.

Developers can also build early buzz by submitting just concepts or alpha builds to Greenlight. Though these titles aren't rated, players and developers can participate in discussions that can influence their direction.

Greenlight launched with 30 titles for the community to review on Thursday morning, but as of press time the site already had more than triple that amount due to a rush of submissions.

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Steffen BaboonLord Kabbelgaard
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Really happy about this opportunity they are giving us indies. We went on from the start and there's a lot activity already :)

Sean Hogan
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It's a really nice thing. Only 7 hours and my game Anodyne's gotten a lot of positive comments - probably not enough to get accepted, but the exposure is nice (and motivating.) A lot of buddies have been saying positive things about the system as well.

The system seems like a plus to me - the really low quality games are getting ignored, and anything decent has a nice number of eyes, and the truly stellar games are doing really well - as an example, Secrets of Grindea is doing great.

Aaron Fowler
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Yeah if anything it's nice to have more exposure.

Lex Allen
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"...users have started rating titles for possible approval."

I'm really skeptical about this. You could get thousands of votes, but still get declined. As long as Steam reviews the title despite the community vote, I don't see what the point is.

Jakub Janovsky
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Significant part is filtering out total crap and 6453343343th remake of Tetris.

E McNeill
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It's also really easy for a title to claim that it's a fan favorite. Greenlight makes them prove it.

Tom Spilman
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Our game ARMED! is on there... it actually exists and works, but it is buried in a list of fake games.

The discoverability on Greenlight is thru randomization of the games list and thru developers getting the word out on their own.

Mike Kasprzak
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Vote for my game on Steam Greenlight and Kickstarter!

Just kidding.

Do you think that's annoying now? Ho ho! Just you wait!

That said, this is probably a good thing. I'm actually enjoying all the hatred I'm getting on my page... not the point of Greenlight, but an added bonus.