Valve asking developers to stop giving away game keys

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#1 The_Last_Ride
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From Steams own page

"This has been coming up more and more lately, and seems to warrant discussing our perspective on the practice of giving away copies of your game (either directly or as a drawing) in exchange for votes.

When you give away copies of your game in exchange for votes, you put us in a really uncomfortable position. We do not think these votes accurately reflect customer interest and it makes our job harder in deciding which games customers would actually buy and play on Steam.

Additionally, when you give away copies of your game for votes, then every other developer on Greenlight thinks that is now the thing they need to do in order to get noticed. We don't think that is healthy for the system or really what customers want.

We understand that running contests or giving away copies of your game can be viewed as a form of marketing. But for the purposes of Greenlight, we don't think that giving away copies of your game in exchange for votes accurately reflects genuine customer interest.

This is something we continue to take into account when evaluating titles to be greenlit. The result is that it may take significantly longer for your title to get Greenlit, as it is much more work for us to try and understand customer interest in a title that has collected some unknown number of votes in this manner.

Reminder of Submission Guidelines

The Greenlight FAQ is here, with general guidelines: http://steamcommunity.com/workshop/about/?appid=765&section=faq

As a general rule, your submission needs to have at least a gameplay trailer, 4 screenshots, and a written description. The 'gameplay' part here is key. If your game is too early in development to show what the game is actually like to play, then you have a concept and not a game. Please post as a concept until you can produce a trailer of in-game gameplay.

We hope this all makes sense and sounds reasonable. We are continuing to work on improving our distribution process, but there is significant work remaining. In tnhe meantime, Greenlight is the system we have to work with."

Thoughts?

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Valve need to be a lot more strict about who they let on steam. Greenlight should be nothing more than a recommendation to valve to check out the game and see if it meets their standards.

People who exchange keys for votes and other shady practices should be permanently removed from steam.

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#3  Edited By Jacanuk
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Greenlight is right now the worst piece of crap there is.

No CS at all and its nothing but a popularity contest where the flavour of the month gets to be chosen , either by being hit by outcry like Hatred or by being played by one of the bigger youtubers or by people who´s job at a major gamesite makes them able to push their own agenda like with Depression quest and Danny.

Valve should just close it down.

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#4 illmatic87
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Misleading title

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#5 The_Last_Ride
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@illmatic87 said:

Misleading title

it's not, i have a limit, and i couldn't include more

@Jacanuk said:

Greenlight is right now the worst piece of crap there is.

No CS at all and its nothing but a popularity contest where the flavour of the month gets to be chosen , either by being hit by outcry like Hatred or by being played by one of the bigger youtubers or by people who´s job at a major gamesite makes them able to push their own agenda like with Depression quest and Danny.

Valve should just close it down.

don't forget the lack of quality control

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#6  Edited By JustPlainLucas
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@The_Last_Ride said:

@illmatic87 said:

Misleading title

it's not, i have a limit, and i couldn't include more

Yep, still waiting for someone at GS to give a **** about us asking for a larger character limit in the title.

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#7 The_Last_Ride
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@JustPlainLucas said:

@The_Last_Ride said:

@illmatic87 said:

Misleading title

it's not, i have a limit, and i couldn't include more

Yep, still waiting for someone at GS to give a **** about us asking for a larger character limit in the title.

Which is why i can't eleborate more on it and had to be concise