Steam Greenlight expected to evolve rapidly

Friday, 7 September 2012 01:04 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Steam Greenlight is a long way from finished; Valve intends to tinker the heck out of it.

“We always try to build quick iteration into our process for development of new features, and Greenlight will be no different,” Valve’s Alden Kroll told Gamasutra.

“We have a huge list of suggestions from customers and the lessons we’ve learned from shipping, so Greenlight will definitely continue to evolve over the next weeks and months as we tune the system and add valuable features.

“We don’t expect this to be a super long process and we always try to make Steam launches non-stealthy,” he added.

Greenlight launched last week and has already introduced two major shake-ups – a $100 charitable donation to keep out trolls, which has raised some ire for presenting a barrier to smaller devs, and better discoverability tools.

“The sheer volume of submissions was the biggest challenge, both from legitimate submissions as well as junk,” Kroll said.

“As evidenced from the first major updates, pulling in those issues and making discoverability easier and more intuitive were the first things we wanted to address.”