If you can excuse the unacceptable absence of Half-Life 3, Valve has always been good to gamers. The developer’s unbelievable Steam sales are a prime example, as is the ridiculous amount of content that they hand out for free. Once more Valve is giving to the community: this time it’s the choice as to what games will launch on Steam.
Before you get excited, this doesn’t mean that you’re going to be seeing World of Warcraft on Steam or any nonsense like that. Steam Greenlight, which is the name of this new feature, is all about independent titles. Developers can submit their own games for approval and the community gets to decide what will appear on the service. It isn’t a simple vote system, though. Games will be published based on “relative interest” compared to other Steam titles. As Valve describes it,
“We are most interested in finding the games that people want, not requiring them to always hit a specific number of votes.”
Steam has always been a great platform for finding indie titles and Steam Greenlight may make it even better. This writer gives Steam Greenlight the green light.