Steam Greenlight Concepts Launched
Bowing to criticism that the $100.00 fee required to join Steam Greenlight shuts out small developers operating on shoestring budgets, Valve has unveiled ‘Concepts’, a new section of Greenlight designed with such developers specifically in mind.
But don’t get too excited; games in Concepts aren’t being given the full Greenlight treatment. “This section is intended for items looking to gather feedback from the potential customers and begin building a community,” so says the official description. “If you like projects here, feel free to rate them, favorite them, and leave feedback for the developer. The voting here serves only to give the developer data and reactions and doesn’t work toward getting the game distributed on Steam.”
In other words, the developer can learn whether or not there’s enough interest to justify paying the 100 bucks to join Greenlight properly (which is still no guarantee of eventual admission to Steam proper.) Maybe it’s a cop out, but this does provide devs with a vastly larger potential audience than they’d otherwise reach, full access or not. See more on the official page.