Let’s be honest. As good as Steam’s library of downloadable games can be, there’s plenty of sub-par quality titles that don’t exactly deserve to be part of the system.
Well, Valve is officially putting the keys to the castle in the users’ hands, announcing the incoming Steam Greenlight initiative, set to launch this August. As Valve puts it, it’s all about spreading word of mouth—just don’t be “annoying” when you’re doing it.
Essentially, the goal of Steam Greenlight is to let the users pick which new games get added to the Steam library, sort of like a free version of Kickstarter that’s solely geared towards indie PC games. According to the site, this is all possible thanks to the inclusion of Steam Workshop last year, which streamlined user feedback and commentary.
There’s not a specific number of votes that’ll get an aspiring developer’s game on Steam, but the service will pick the game up if community interest is proportionally high enough to the project. Having a case by case basis likely works best, since there would probably be a conflict of interest if the whole thing turned into manipulated popularity contests.
Source: Steam Greenlight