Steam Greenlight adds $100 fee to reduce bad entries

Less than a week after the official launch of Steam Greenlight, Valve announced Tuesday that it will require a $100 fee for new submissions to the service, due to a large amount of illegitimate submissions.

As Alden Kroll of Valve wrote in the blog post, "unfortunately a significant amount of noise and clutter being submitted, either as a joke or by fans not fully understanding the purpose of Greenlight." Valve had its work cut out for it over the holiday weekend banning the large influx of illegitimate submissions, including entries for a purported 9/11 simulator, Half-Life 3, porn games and more.

The $100 fee will be required for all new Steam Greenlight submissions, and the proceeds will be donated to Child's Play, in the spirit of Valve's original intention of not making money from the Greenlight program. However, the amount of spam is making it hard for users to find real legitimate games that could use the exposure granted by Greenlight, hence the change.

The blog post notes that "[a]nyone who has already posted a submission to Greenlight will not have to retroactively pay for any existing submissions, but will need to do so for any future submissions."

Source: Valve

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Tidus4eva said,
I would like to see them go a step further and return the fee (make it a deposit) for accepted games.

Dude... it goes to charity.

If your game does get accepted, (given it's not F2P), you'll get your money's worth back in no time.

At first, I thought it seemed greedy for Valve to make money off something as community-oriented as Steam Greenlight. Then, I smiled as I read the following: "and the proceeds will be donated to Child's Play".

I'm glad they're doing it this way.

Anaron said,
At first, I thought it seemed greedy for Valve to make money off something as community-oriented as Steam Greenlight. Then, I smiled as I read the following: "and the proceeds will be donated to Child's Play".

I'm glad they're doing it this way.

Agreed. It's a shame that because of idiots they have to charge anything at all, but the fact they aren't pocketing it just makes me like Valve more.

On a side note: is child's play the only video game charity that exists? I'm not saying it isn't worthy, but it seems to be the only one we ever hear of.

Anaron said,
At first, I thought it seemed greedy for Valve to make money off something as community-oriented as Steam Greenlight. Then, I smiled as I read the following: "and the proceeds will be donated to Child's Play".

I'm glad they're doing it this way.

The only thing I dislike about Valve is that they are total bros. Seriously, I'm definitely against brand or company loyalty, but Valve never ceases to amaze me...