Developer Valve has announced that it has long term features for the new Greenlight service and that it is listening to the suggestions made by the player base while also looking at how the community is using the new service.
Alden Kroll, who is an user interface designer at Valve, has told Gamasutra that, “We always try to build quick iteration into our process for development of new features, and Greenlight will be no different.”
He added, “We have a huge list of suggestions from customers and the lessons we’ve learned from shipping, so Greenlight will definitely continue to evolve over the next weeks and months as we tune the system and add valuable features.”
The developer says that Valve is always looking to modify its services to best match the needs of the user base and will do the same with Greenlight.
The service is designed to allow the extensive Steam player community to nominate and vote on their favorite indie projects in order to see them added to the official store.
After the service was first launched during last week a number of joke submissions were introduced and since then Valve has decided to introduce a 100 dollars (79.1 Euro) fee for all those who are submitting a game to Greenlight.
The money is then delivered by Valve to charity and is only used to keep out entries that would have no chance to being voted on.
Valve has also introduced a number of better discovery tools for Greenlight, making sure that all those who want to vote will be able to have all the information to do so.
PC based indie gaming has been growing exponentially during 2012, driven by the excellent Indie Bundle initiatives and the fact that Valve is now supporting independently developed games via Kickstarter will probably result in another increase in their profile.