Greenlight’s had a less-than-smooth launch, Valve have admitted. "The sheer volume of submissions was the biggest challenge, both from legitimate submissions as well as junk," Valve's UI designer Alden Kroll and man-about-Greenlight told Gamasutra.
Since it went live last week, Steam Greenlight has had a bit of a problem. 753 entries, as I’m writing this, and while there’s certainly that many indie games wanting to get on Valve’s behemoth of a digital distribution platform, not all of those entries are indie games, or even submitted by the creator of the games in the first place. Greenlight has a pest problem, and Valve have come up with a kind of solution. From now on, to get a game on Greenlight, you need to pony up $100. This isn’t money Valve is going to receive, but instead it’ll go to Child’s Play. The $100 is to deter people who will upload idiotic entries, or games that aren’t their own.
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The invitation was just for Valve to meet the independent developers who weren’t going to be at Develop, show their faces, mingle a little, and maybe give them a few tips on how to navigate their way through Steam’s opaque application process to actually get their games on Steam. Instead of drinks and a schmooze, Valve’s Anna Sweet presented Greenlight, a brand new, community focused way for indie developers to get their games on Steam. You may have already heard about it. There’s an FAQ already up on the Greenlight page, but that’s the broad strokes. Below I’ve got my finer brush out.