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Valve has introduced a $100 (£70) submission fee to its community-led indie development service Steam Greenlight.

The one-time fee is required to be paid by anyone wishing to submit a game onto Greenlight, which lets users vote for games they like the look of. Once paid, developers will be able to "post and update" as many of their own games as they like.

Valve says it introduced the fee to "cut down the noise in the system", and has "no interest in making money from [the fee]". All proceeds will go to children's charity Child's Play.

Greenlight launched last week, but has been bombarded with inappropriate and joke content.

One user submitted a sexually-explicit game called 'Titz'. Another allegedly posted a World Trade Center 'flight sim'.

Other developers, however, have been trying to make valid use of the system.

Postal 2 developer Running With Scissors is currently attempting to get its controversial game greenlit on the system.

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Clockpunk's Avatar


If a dev won't pay, then they can't have much confidence in their product - so why should anyone else pay for it?
Posted 12:49 on 05 September 2012
Bloodstorm's Avatar


It was released last year, with little to no praise.
Posted 12:49 on 05 September 2012
Batmamerc's Avatar


That's great that valve are giving the charge to child's play, at least of your games suck you have at least given to charity. Talking of running with scissors, what's happening with postal 3?
Posted 12:48 on 05 September 2012
rbevanx's Avatar

rbevanx@ CheekyLee

I'm actually astonished people are moaning that they have to pay a fee for this!

I think Valve are doing a wonderful thing here or at least trying to and you have people moaning expecting everything to be free and still think everything is grown on trees.

I was a budding videogame maker I would be straight on this and very happily give 100 bucks for the exposure at least!
Posted 12:45 on 05 September 2012
CheekyLee's Avatar


Some people are against it. I can't see why. Just think of it as advertising. I'll pay it for you! All I ask in return is 1% commission.
Posted 11:10 on 05 September 2012
MJTH's Avatar


Makes sense. If you are serious about being an indie dev you will probably be willing to pay to get your game noticed. It will also stop all the fake submissions plaguing the system at the moment.
Posted 11:01 on 05 September 2012
MacroManJr's Avatar


Good decision, Valve. We've got to have something to keep the "undesirables" out of this platform of wonderful potential. And good on you for the proceeds going to Child's Play.
Posted 10:46 on 05 September 2012
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