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Valve launches crowdsourced game submission system Steam Greenlight

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Steam Greenlight

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Greenlight, Valve's voting platform for indie game submissions on Steam, has just switched on, and eager developers are pouring in pitches for their games.

As an initiative by Valve to merge community interaction with its approval process for Steam publishing, Greenlight allows users to browse, comment, rate, and track indie games under consideration through bios, screenshots, and video collections. Several noteworthy names have already popped up, including our 2011 Mod of the Year pick No More Room in Hell (opens in new tab) , as well as Incredipede (opens in new tab) and The Intruder (opens in new tab) .

By involving players in the publishing process, Greenlight creates an outlet for lesser-known developers to promote their games while also giving the community a new-found chunk of regulatory power. How well it will work is to be seen, but we'll be on the watch for the experiment's first success stories. How do you feel about Greenlight?

Omri Petitte is a former PC Gamer associate editor and long-time freelance writer covering news and reviews. If you spot his name, it probably means you're reading about some kind of first-person shooter. Why yes, he would like to talk to you about Battlefield. Do you have a few days?