Steam's democratic indie publishing platform is celebrating its first anniversary. Just within the system's first year, the Steam community helped pick 260 titles to be added to the Steam catalog. To celebrate, Valve has put 50 of the released Greenlight games and software on sale until September 2nd at 10am PDT.
Looking back on its first implementation, the Greenlight community has had its shares of ups and downs. While the platform has been very successful, it’s not without some occasional controversies. Early issues, such as a simple and open submission process that lead to many games being put up on Greenlight by people unrelated to the development teams or the fiasco of The War Z misleading users on its features, has made for some drama that was amusing to follow. However, it’s a great credit to Valve that any inevitable problems with the Greenlight system had been dealt with very professionally. Greenlight has and continue to be a great way for people to discover indie games both old and upcoming. For many indie developers, sometimes just the exposure of being on Greenlight itself has been helpful already.
We’ve certainly seen a wide variety of games throughout this year. From highly polished large open world games like Miasmata and Kinetic Void to small minimalist text adventure games like AfterMath and Mainland. Most Greenlight submissions aren’t successful and there are plenty on the list that I’d love to see get published on steam. But if there’s one thing you had to admit with Greenlight, it’s certainly broadened Steam’s catalogue for better or for worse. It’s strange that we’re in the age where anyone can do anything yet we see plenty complaints of creative stagnation in video games. Whether those complaints are warranted or not, Greenlight has definitely helped games find more.
So go check out the sale. You might discover some hidden gems that are not always advertised or hyped within the gaming community.