The future of Steam is poised for individualization & the living room, but that doesn’t necessarily include all the current aspects of the platform.
During a recent talk at the University of Texas, Gabe Newell detailed the future of Steam and how he envisions the platform’s ongoing evolution. Some of the more precedented changes have come in the form of the soon to be released, Steam Box console and the recently launched, Big Picture mode; a feature that allows Steam to seamlessly connect to your TV. Another transition alluded to, was the revamping of the Steam store; part of this beginning with an axing of Greenlight.
“We came to the conclusion pretty quickly that we could just do away with Greenlight completely,” said Newell in his talk. “Because it was a bottleneck rather than a way for people to communicate choice.” While Greenlight was positively received when it launched back in Aug of 2012, evidently, the Valve boss doesn't quite see it as a fitting tool for peer-to-peer interaction.
“Greenlight is a bad example of an election process.” Newell notes. Comparing the process to that of a dictatorship: “We should stop being a dictator and move towards much more participatory, peer-based methods of sanctioning player behavior.” Valve’s Newell aims for a Steam store that caters to user-generated content, such as individual stores, where players have free range to add content and editorials in addition to the purchasing process. According to the co-founder of Valve, by allow distinguished stores, it creates more “aggregate value,” to the experience.
When this feature will be implemented has yet to be detailed, but we do know that Greenlight’s days are numbered. Of course, you know what this means? With Gabe running around the country talking shop on Valve and Steam’s future: Half-Life 3 will just have to keep waiting.