On August 30, 2012 the world was introduced to the new service of Steam Greenlight. Its original aim was to allow Steam users the ability to govern what games reached the storefront and what games didn’t. This was a very novel idea for the time because up until that point, getting indie games on Steam was nearly impossible. So It came as a real godsend to developers who hoped to get recognition for all of their hard work. Unfortunately, it also caught the attention of scammers, asset flippers, and crooks.
What Went Wrong?
The system simply lacked quality control. Valve itself had little to no presence in the maintenance of this bold new endeavor. Eventually, shady developers like Digital Homicide began practicing the “art” of asset flipping. Usually asset flipped games are crude compilations of various game assets purchased online and crunched together without any artistic cohesion or effort actually applied to the game being created.
Typically, asset flips don’t focus on selling for gameplay; instead they focus on the Steam trading card market to produce revenue. Usually the games themselves are priced very cheaply, so much so in fact the steam cards for the game are often more expensive than the game itself. People who aim to make money on the trading Steam trading card system look for these games to make a quick and easy buck.
Scammers and Censorship
The lack of moderation on Valve’s behalf of Greenlight has allowed shady developers the golden opportunity to slither their way on to Steam. Often these developers will exchange free game keys for up votes. Shady developers once passing Greenlight, will often censor negative feedback to by deleting comments. These practices are against official Steam rules and should be stopped by Valve. However, loads of these trash games still remain on Steam unnoticed and unhindered despite actions Steam has taken so far.
Seriously though, why does valve not do something about shite like this?!?!
The Beginning of Something Great
Believe it or not, Steam itself has actually acknowledged that it has legitimate problem and has announced a new system to replace the extremely broken Greenlight. Steam Direct plans on battling many of the problems listed above. If you’re interested in learning more about Steam Direct or Digital Homicide, I will provide links below:
Steam Direct Article: https://venturebeat.com/2017/02/10/steam-greenlight-is-dead-valve-introduces-steam-direct/
Digital Homicide Jimquisition: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qS-LXvhy1Do
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