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Steam Greenlight cleans up by giving early concepts their own home
Steam Greenlight cleans up by giving early concepts their own home
October 17, 2012 | By Frank Cifaldi

October 17, 2012 | By Frank Cifaldi
More: Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Business/Marketing

One of the major flaws of Valve's Steam Greenlight service is that its list of nominees includes several titles that just don't exist yet: they're really early in development, they're just concepts or, at worst, they're not even genuine games at all.

This has caused headaches for game developers hoping to see their actual, playable games distributed on Steam, but thanks to a new program introduced on Wednesday, relief is on the way.

Greenlight now has a Concepts section, which the company says is intended for games "looking to gather feedback from the potential customers [sic] and begin building a community."

Whereas normal Greenlight submissions can be voted on for potential distribution through Steam's platform, Concept votes have no effect on the game other than for a developer's own research: you can't get a concept approved for distribution, but you can gauge player demand. Concepts are also free to submit, versus the newly-instated $100 fee for normal Greenlight games.

The company has also extended its Greenlight voting system to include non-gaming software, which was made available on Steam earlier this month.

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Sean Hogan
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Can projects/are projects be/being moved from the normal greenlight to the concepts? Or will this only apply to future projects. The current concepts will still "clog" normal Greenlight otherwise (But it is a step in the right direction).

Christiaan Moleman
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Valve: "There's no way to switch categories once your entry is posted. Item owners should re-post their entries in the software/concept sections if needed. "

(from "Digging the new tabs" thread on the forums)

Andrew Wallace
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Excellent move.

Fredrik Liliegren
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So other than saving $100 why would you not post in the full greenlight section?

Valve should really clean this up and check all submissions that does not yet have a playable version and stick em all in concept phase. this way the titles whom people have already completed will get much better visibility.

Maria Jayne
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This is a good thing.

Bruno Xavier
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I think it's funny how I agree with you every time you post a comment;
I feel like my brain have been exposed.

Rachel Presser
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Definitely a step in the right direction. Greenlight has been pretty frustrating for developers who have finished games that aren't getting exposure due to projects that aren't even done yet getting the limelight.

Matthew Downey
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I really want to upload something, but the artwork on my game sucks (read: does not exist) and I'm a perfectionist.