While Greenlight is a faint memory for some (myself included), the gateway to Valve’s almighty Steam service still exists, though it isn’t quite the impenetrable guardian it once was. Due to the way Greenlight’s admission fee is collected, it actually comes up as a product on Steam, if you search for it.
The page itself is unremarkable — the $US100 “game” exists purely so budding developers can easily purchase access to Greenlight, without Steam having to set up a special system for it. In fact, if you log into an account that’s bought the fee, you can attempt to install it:
Of course, pressing Next just throws out an error.
Currently, “SGSF” has 19 positive reviews… and a single negative one. What does that review say?:
The entire service is a mess. Next to nothing good has come out of this.
Greenlight isn’t a barrier its a mild inconvenience. Good indie games used to do really well on steam, but now they just get buried under an avalanche of terrible. Steam needs to go back to curating their service before it ends up like Android and Apple’s app store.
On the bright side it gives money to charity.
I think what gets me is the popular user-defined tags — among “Game Development”, “Open World” and “Funny” is “Illuminati”. Half-Life 3 confirmed?
Steam Greenlight Submission Fee [Steam]