As if Steam wasn't an amazing service as is, the folks at Valve have gone ahead and announced that, starting this August, users will be able to vote on which games will be put up for purchase. Greenlight is its name.

How it works: developers will submit their games for approval, which will include a bit on what the game is and how it works, a few screenshots and a video, and possibly a playable build. From there, users can vote to help it get approved. Once it's got enough support, it gets pushed onto the store. The exact number of votes needed to receive approval are not yet set, as the page explains, because they do not yet know how much traffic this feature will get.


The overview reassures developers as well that, even if their game isn't number one or two, they may still be approached.

"We're going to be reaching out to developers as we see their games getting traction regardless of whether they have achieved a specific number of votes," says the site, "or are sitting 1st or 2nd place at any given time. We are most interested in finding the games that people want, not requiring them to always hit a specific number of votes."

Steam Greenlight is expected to increase the rate at which games are released onto the store. It enters beta around the end of August.

Callum Rakestraw, NoobFeed.

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  • This is freaking awesome stuff. should really help the market give us games that we want and not what they want.

    Posted Jul 10, 2012

  • Another positive for steam and gives the community a chance to have their say and sort of take control :)

    Posted Jul 14, 2012

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