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3 months 2 weeks ago #45709 by Kazara
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Back in February, Valve announced that they would be bringing their Steam Greenlight project to an end, and replacing it with Steam Direct, which would aim to address a lot of the concerns critics and users alike had towards Greenlight.

Much discussion had been made of the proposed changes, with Valve clearly going to extreme lengths to answer some of their most voracious critics. One of the largest changes Steam Direct would bring, was a proposed payment per game that would hopefully filter out many of the developers who were, essentially, trying their luck – and there has been discussion about what value this initial payment should be from the announcement, with proposed charges ranging from $100 to $5000.

After much discussion with independent parties, Valve has laid out their plans for Steam Direct in a blog post, confirming that developers will pay $100 to submit their work, per game. However, that fee will be recoupable after a game has achieved $1000 in sales. In addition, while Direct will still have a fee Valve plans to still use both their store algorithm and the human eye to keep an eye out for any abuse of the system, as Valve has already made note of in regards to changes to Steam Trading Cards.

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3 months 2 weeks ago #45710 by Kazara
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The $100 Steam Direct Fee is Bad for Steam, and Bad for Gamers

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This is a bit of a change from Greenlight, which only required a developer to pay $100 for the first game it put up, and then subsequent titles had no fees. However, the Steam Direct fee is recoupable, so Valve would only keep it if the game failed to make $100.

The prevailing wisdom seems to be that a low fee is best because it allows the most games the chance to be on Steam, and that might be true except for one thing - the problem right now is that there are already too many games on Steam. That's not to say that games shouldn't have a chance to be on Steam. Rather, it means that it's incumbent on Valve to make sure that the games that are on Steam are worthy of being there.

Gamers shouldn't have to sort through hundreds of Unity asset drops, games that barely work, or those that don't work at all just to find something new to play. That's akin to heading into a gaming store to pick up a game and having to sort through a bunch of cases with broken discs in them to find what you want. There are a number of ways that this could be accomplished, but Valve appears to be opposed to every one of them.

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3 months 2 weeks ago #45717 by Temploiter
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Eh, the world is 'caveat emptor'. Steam has returned purchase prices for broken games before.

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