Quality control is a major problem on Steam. To give you an idea of how bad it is here’s a fun fact. Games released in 2016 make up Nearly 40% of Steam’s catalog. This is due to the Steam Greenlight program. This program allowed any game to be published on Steam if it got enough votes from the community. Naturally, people found plenty of ways to abuse this system, and thus you get an influx of terrible games.
In 2017 Valve is going to remove the Greenlight program with something they think will do better. According to the plug, they’re calling it Steam Direct. They also claim that
“Developers looking to release games through Steam will have go through a process similar to “applying for a bank account.” Once that’s completed, they’ll have to pay an application fee for each game they want to release which will be paid back later.”
The application fee hasn’t been agreed upon, but Valve has asked developers, and they think it will be between $100 & $5K. I’d imagine this fee is to deter those who aren’t serious about supporting their game. It will cut down on all the shitty submissions that clog up their servers. Should be interesting to see how this one plays out. What do you think? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.