Earlier this week, Valve announced plans to start a new community driven initiative called Steam Greenlight. As the leader in digital distribution on the PC, Valve is flooded with tons of developers and studios hoping to get their titles on the Steam platform. With Greenlight, which Valve plans to roll out on August 30th, Steam users will be able to vote and provide feedback for new games that are proposed for the platform. Giving the consumers the power to effectively choose the games they’d like to see hosted ensures that gamers will get the games they want, and hopefully pave the way for even more great indie titles finding their way to the service. In an email that accompanied the announcement, Anna Swift of Valve said “Making the call to publish or not publish a title isn’t fun. Many times opinions vary and our internal jury is hung on a decision. But with the introduction of the Steam Workshop we realized an opportunity to enlist the community’s help as we review certain titles and, hopefully, increase the volume and quality of creative submissions.”
With the Steam community taking a larger role in dictating future Steam releases, maybe, just maybe, Valve will find the time it needs to make that game a few of us might like to play.