Steam Greenlight Community Platform is Live

Thu, Aug 30, 2012

Industry, PC

Steam Greenlight is live! The community platform for getting new games published on Steam was announced last July, and Steam users can now start reviewing and rating over 30 games.

My favorites so far:

  • Dream, a surreal journey across a desert dreamscape
  • 7554, a historical FPS set during the first Indochina War. The sound design in the trailer was stunning.
  • Organ Trail, a retro zombie survival game that looks like it could be fun on tablets too.

The service is an indie game developer’s dream. Developers receive direct feedback from potential customers and, provided they receive enough attention, get their games published on Steam.

Jason Koohi is a developer from Zanrai Interactive working on Heaven Variant, a side-scrolling shooter offering a lovable homage to late ‘80s action games with heavy synth soundtracks. In a conversation with The Verge, Koohi said, “As an indie developer, getting a game on Steam is the holy grail that can often make or break you as a small company, especially extremely small development teams like mine.” Koohi is waiting until Heaven Variant is as polished as possible before submitting to Steam Greenlight.

“We’ve been working on this feature for the last few months with the input from a group of indie partners, and the response has been extremely positive,” said Valve’s Anna Sweet. “With the additional help of beta testers, we are able to launch with a solid line-up of titles for the community to start viewing and rating. And, as we’ve done with all Steam features, we intend to continually grow and modify Greenlight as more and more developers and community members have a chance to get involved.”

View the Steam Greenlight FAQ, join in on this new community, and check out some of these underdog games today. Even if you’re not a PC gamer, it’s worth investigating some of the hot new talent that is out there. They may not have the clout of Triple-A game studios, but these are passionate game developers who desperately want your feedback.

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