Valve adds $100 Steam Greenlight fee
Company introduces submission fee to "cut down the noise" following popular launch; all proceeds go to Child's Play charity.
Those who wish to submit a project to Valve's community-based Steam Greenlight initiative will now need to pay $100 to do so. Writing on the official Steam community website, a Valve representative said while there have been numerous legitimate submissions, there is also a "significant amount of noise and clutter" being submitted. Thus, the decision was made to introduce a fee to cut down on these projects.
All proceeds from submission fees will be donated to Child's Play, a charity founded in 2003 by Penny Arcade's Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins. It works to improve the lives of sick children through offering toys and games at a network of over 70 hospitals worldwide.
Those who already posted a submission to Steam Greenlight will not need to retroactively pay the $100 fee, but will need to for future submissions.
Valve also has announced that it is has updated the Steam Greenlight user interface to better help players find what they are looking for. To this end, users will be shown smaller, more manageable lists of that games that they have not rated.
Steam Greenlight launched on August 30. Since then, over 700 projects have been submitted to the service, which allows developers to put up Kickstarter-like pitches for favorable ratings from users.