Valve Wants To Shutdown Greenlight, And Get Some Games Exclusively On SteamOS
Steam Dev Days is currently underway and thousands of developers from across the world have flocked to the event which caters more to them than the general public. That hasn’t stopped certain details from the expo from making news, such as Gabe Newell’s desire to shutdown Steam Greenlight.
According to a tweet from attendee Dave Oshry, Gabe Newell stated that “Our goal is to make Greenlight go away. Not because it’s not useful, but because we’re evolving.”
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I’d like to say “I called it”, but this news is a little bit sad. Greenlight offered a monumental opportunity to indie studios and devs worldwide, allowing them to advertise their game and let user interest determine whether their title would get a Steam release. The service has even aided a few local developers and their titles, such as BroForce, PixelBoy and Stasis.
So while Valve seems to be dead set on getting rid of the service, they do hint at it evolving. Sadly, those types of details weren’t really revealed, but I’m sure many are hoping that this isn’t a glorified abandonment the entire system.
On top of this, it was revealed that certain experiences will be coming to SteamOS exclusively, despite Valve saying that they would not pursue “an exclusive killer app for SteamOS”. That hasn’t discouraged third-party developers it seems, as Valve was confident in revealing that there will be titles exclusive to its new Linux-based operating system.
Here’s a wild though: Greenlight evolves into a service that only launches games on SteamOS. Watch this space.