Three months into Steam's implementation of the Greenlight process and 50 titles have been approved, a majority of them games. This week saw the addition of 13 games and the first batch of software, most of them likely still months away from release. In fact, only seven of the now 50 titles approved have reached Steam proper and are on sale. The rest continue working through the development process. Still, the effects of Greenlight are proving difficult to measure.
Alden Kroll, Valve UI designer (Do people just volunteer to give out PR statements?), provided the following perspective:
"In just three months, the community has helped us identify 50 new titles for us to offer via Steam. With the help of Greenlight, the indie games market share of games sold on Steam has increased by 50 percent for a third consecutive year. That's a stat we are proud of, but one we also hope to increase as we learn more about Greenlight and continue to refine it in the new year."
Year to year growth, it appears, has remained constant despite the changes made with Greenlight. Of course, three months is a fairly short amount of time and with only a small percentage of the game's approved through it released it's unlikely any direct results will be felt for some time. The hope is that Greenlight increases indie game market share even more than usual, on top of increasing community participation and simplifying Valve's business practices.
Let's get back to the meet of the story and check out what games have been approved in this month's Greenlight selection:
- Darkfall Unholy Wars
- Dawn of Fantasy
- Dragon's Lair
- Euro Truck Simulator 2
- Gear Up
- Kinetic Void - Space Adventure
- The Light
- No Time To Explain
- Sang-Froid : Tales of Werewolves
- Waking Mars
Who would have thought that in 2012 Dragon's Lair would have to go through a submission process to get public approval? The game has been on so many platforms assumed it would just organically be added to every platform at its inception. Don Bluth himself should fly to Seattle and slap Gabe Newell for such disrespect.
Hopefully the other 11 games get released soon, so me might get to know them and their potential soon (I wish I recognized their names so I could talk about them). Look forward to another ten or so game approvals next month, and make sure to check out Steam Greenlight and vote for your favorite submissions soon.