GDC: Steam Greenlight will be gone in a year; According to Developer


Since it started back in August 2012, The Steam Greenlight service has been a success allowing all types of gamers to get acquainted with new indie titles and even choose which titles get officially launched via Digital Distribution. Unfortunately, It doesn’t look as if this will be going on for much longer with a developer who worked on Greenlight telling CVG that the concept of Greenlight won’t survive for more than 12 months since a new way to launch indie games is being planned internally which hopes to make it easier for gamers to get interesting new gaming experiences.

Jonathan Biddle from Curve Studio said that during the Game Developer’s Conference (GDC); Valve’s main talking point was that they are moving towards a more open model and that they are planning to eliminate Greenlight because  it was too restrictive in many ways. The company wants the gamer to be able to create their own stores filled with content they find appealing  & use those titles to convince both Friends & other members of the community that they should buy those particular products.

Gabe Newell; Leader of Valve
Gabe Newell; Leader of Valve

Leader of Valve; Gabe Newell said earlier this year that Valve are evolving fast and that Greenlight was only planned as a stopgap measure to deal with the rising number of indie titles that sought to be released via Steam. At the moment, Steam is still the biggest digital distribution service on PC however the service is now facing competition from the likes of EA’s Origin service, Uplay from Ubisoft, Gamersgate & Green Man Gaming.

The Steam Box, Coming to stores sometime this year.
The Steam Box, Coming to stores sometime this year.

Not to long ago, Microsoft claimed they would show off their long term dedication to PC Gaming suggesting a possible new and improved replacement for Games for Windows Live will be announced and launched, Possibly taking inspiration to create a similar interface to Microsoft’s latest console; Xbox One. This year will also see Valve launching  their Steam OS & a dedicated controller that uses haptic feedback and recently received an important re-design. Both are set to work with a host of new Steam Machines that are created by Hardware Partners & the new tech is designed to allow Valve to pit their new console up in direct competition with the PlayStation 4 & Xbox One.

At the same time, Valve have dabbled with development of Virtual Reality Technology however they recently explained that they have more interest in  supporting the Oculus Rift than creating their own hardware however that idea may need to be re-evaluated after the recent announcement that Facebook bought Oculus Rift for 2 Billion Dollars (1.55 Billion Euro, £1,206,272,000).

We will be sure to keep you up to date with all the latest news about Steam Greenlight.

So what do you think? Are you disappointed that Greenlight will be gone by next year? Will you be picking up a Steam Machine? Do you have trust in Gabe Newell? Be sure to let me know what you think in the comments section below and be sure to stay tuned to UGNN for all your gaming news and reviews and remember to follow us on WordPress, FacebookTwitterTumblr,LinkedInReddit & YouTube.

Article by Matt McNamee

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