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Valve Replaces Greenlight with Steam Direct
Valve has been pretty helpful in some ways with Indie game developers with their Greenlight program, and I guess that rose by another name still has the same flavor. They've recently renamed the initiative and smoothed out some issues that enabled developers to "farm" their games to the top of the list. This abuse will be cut down and a few other changes will be coming when the new program launches in the spring.
Valve’s motivation for moving from the Greenlight system, apart from “removing obstacles” are pretty obvious, dating back to its launch, it has been plagued by fake games and, in more recent times, has been abused by developers trying to make their games more popular.