a new program Monday that will allow the Steam
community to decide what indie games are allowed within the store.
The program, which is called Steam Greenlight
, will allow developers to to post information, screenshots and videos of their games for the Steam
community to vote on. Depending on how much support a given game receives, it will then either be accepted into the store. However, Steam
has not yet decided how much support or votes a game must receive in order to be allowed in.
This is a big change from how Steam
handled indie games before, where "there's always been a reliance on a group of people to make tough choices on which games to not release." So instead of having a small group of people decide what games make it through, they will now rely on millions of users to make this decision.
This change will surely be welcome to some indie developers, for it will allow gamers themselves to decide what makes it into the store, and ultimately give them more freedom in what they purchase. Slated for the end of August, it will be interesting to see how this affects the Steam
marketplace this fall.