Thoughts on 100$ fee for Steam’s Greenlight

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Few days ago, Steam opened their new game submision service called Greenlight and soon there were hundreeds of projects just in few days. Developers were happy and soon lots of junk and joke submisions were found and that turned Steam’s cogs in other direction. To prevent submisions like that they require one-time fee of 100$ which will go to the Child’s Play charity. Today I read lots of articles & topics where people rant about the price and what is fair and what not so I’ll share my thoughts as well.

Before I go on we need to understand that we’re talkin about Steam giant. They were always going for the quality and that’s why this fee is in.

100$ seems a lot for majority of people but let’s see what you get for these bucks:
– submit as many games as you want
– chance that your game gets accepted
– lots of exposure 

That’s a lot already! Even if your game is great it still doesn’t mean you’ll get all the required votes. You have to speak about your game on other places as well, not just throw the game at Steam and wait for miracles. If you talk about your game on various places then I’m sure you have some fans around already and Greenlight will only boost what you have. If you have your game out already it may also boost your sale.

Now, people say there are great developers with good games that seriously can’t afford that 100$. I’m not rich, far from that but I’m trying to save where I can to afford something I want. You know, you don’t have to be on Greenlight today – try to spare that 100$ in 3 months if you think it’s worth it for you. If it’s your dream we’re talking about then you’ll go for it will all the confident! If you can’t afford 100$ in any way then you can ask your fans to help you and in return you give them the game when it comes out. If you don’t have fans work more on marketing and spread your word around before going for Greenlight. Oh and one more thing. If it’s really that bad and harsh then you don’t have to be on Steam. There are plenty other options to go with (Indievania, Gamersgate, IndieCity, Desura…)

You need money for Greenlight?
Check out “Bundle In A Box Grant” (send your game for a grant)
Developer’s solution to Steam Greenlight fee (developers offering help to others)
Kickstarter project maybe?

We always want more and more and complain too much. Steam offered us an option and we can either accept it or not. Maybe it’s not for everyone but only for those who believe in their games and want something more, so go for it! They say dreams have no limitations…or was it complaining? 😉

I’ll submit Courier of the Crypts to the Greenlight as well but first I have to do some more work around the game and meanwhile I’ll try to gather that extra money.

My 5 cents on this ultra-super-gigantish “problem” and I’m always up for the discussion so feel free to comment.