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Steam Greenlight shutting down, to be replaced with "Steam Direct"

Submitted by: Amadeus @ 12:49 PM | Tuesday, February 14, 2017 | (url: http://steamcommu...)

The next step in these improvements is to establish a new direct sign-up system for developers to put their games on Steam. This new path, which were calling Steam Direct, is targeted for Spring 2017 and will replace Steam Greenlight. We will ask new developers to complete a set of digital paperwork, personal or company verification, and tax documents similar to the process of applying for a bank account. Once set up, developers will pay a recoupable application fee for each new title they wish to distribute, which is intended to decrease the noise in the submission pipeline.

While we have invested heavily in our content pipeline and personalized store, were still debating the publishing fee for Steam Direct. We talked to several developers and studios about an appropriate fee, and they gave us a range of responses from as low as $100 to as high as $5,000. There are pros and cons at either end of the spectrum, so wed like to gather more feedback before settling on a number.


Will it stop the deluge of "games" (i.e. hastily cobbled together asset flips with no real content) from flooding the store? Probably not.


PC DOMINATES GAMING

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 10:25 PM | Monday, July 14, 2014 | (url: http://http://www...)

PC gaming has expanded its lead over consoles in the hardware market, and may safely be called "dominant" in the industry, according to a recent study by John Peddie Research.

The study found the PC gaming market is worth $21.5 billion USD - over twice the size of its competitors in the console industry. The report took into account market sales of personal computers, accessories, upgrades, and other such form of hardware used for gaming purposes. Senior Gaming Analyst Ted Pollak says it's being driven by both casual gamers moving to mobile platforms, and by more hardcore gamers who desire gaming experiences not available through console technology.