What with independent crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo having done pretty well in terms of bringing all kinds of cool projects to life, Valve will soon have its own indie game funding service called Steam Greenlight.
Steam Greenlight is currently due to launch at the end of August, and it should be a boon to any developer trying to make a living from indie games.
“Making the call to publish or not publish a title isn’t fun,” said Anna Sweet, in a press release the developer just released. “Many times opinions vary and our internal jury is hung on a decision. But with the introduction of the Steam Workshop we realized an opportunity to enlist the community’s help as we review certain titles and, hopefully, increase the volume and quality of creative submissions.”
Currently any indie game designer can submit their work for inclusion on the Steam store, but the approval process can be frustrating. Valve get far more submissions than they can quickly process, and indie developers whose games have been rejected often say they weren’t given a clear reason why. Being accepted, meanwhile, can make the difference between success and failure as an indie game developer.
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