Gamasutra is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.


Gamasutra: The Art & Business of Making Gamesspacer
View All     RSS
November 22, 2019
arrowPress Releases







If you enjoy reading this site, you might also want to check out these UBM Tech sites:


Steam's 'Early Access' puts your in-progress game in front of players

Steam's 'Early Access' puts your in-progress game in front of players

March 20, 2013 | By Frank Cifaldi




One of the biggest trends to emerge in game development over the past year has been a move toward involving players in the design process. One need only look at the majority of successfully crowdfunded games to see how quickly this is catching on.

Steam creator Valve is stepping up to embrace this movement with its Early Access program, which allows developers to sell their work-in-progress games to players to, in theory, receive feedback and ultimately ship a better game.

The sell for players is that they get to be the first to play new games, they get to interact directly with developers, and they get to see a game progress toward its final state. The sell for developers, obviously, is that you can foster and grow your community by giving them playable builds, and you can tweak your game early and often based on feedback.

Those with games already approved for Steam, either through Greenlight or traditional means, are encouraged to contact their Steam release team if they'd like to get in on the program. More information is available here.


Related Jobs

Disbelief
Disbelief — Chicago, Illinois, United States
[11.22.19]

Senior Programmer, Chicago
Disbelief
Disbelief — Chicago, Illinois, United States
[11.22.19]

Junior Programmer, Chicago
Sony PlayStation
Sony PlayStation — San Diego, California, United States
[11.22.19]

Environment Outsource Review Artist
Sony PlayStation
Sony PlayStation — San Diego, California, United States
[11.22.19]

Concept Artist









Loading Comments

loader image