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Devs react to Valve's planned fee-based Steam Direct system

Devs react to Valve's planned fee-based Steam Direct system

February 10, 2017 | By Gamasutra staff

February 10, 2017 | By Gamasutra staff
More: VR, Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

It would be an understatement to say that Valve's announcement of plans to replace Steam Greenlight with a fee-based game submission system sparked some passionate responses from game developers.

Steam Greenlight, launched five years ago, offered developers a way to access the vast Steam audience for a $100 submission fee. The new Steam Direct service, meant to further open the platform, will require developers to pay a new to-be-determined fee every time they want to put a game on Steam, with no Greenlight community voting required. If the game sells, they recoup that fee; if not, they don't.

Gamasutra ran a poll to gauge reaction to this announcement:

We also gathered a range of Twitter reactions, which range from "about time" and cautious optimism to outrage and disgust.

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