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Valve adds $100 fee to Steam Greenlight to cut down 'noise and clutter'

Greenlight fees to be donated to Child's Play

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Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Steam Greenlight adds $100 listing fee for new projects.

In an effort to cut back on the "significant amount of noise and clutter being submitted" to Valve's recently launched Steam Greenlight service, the company says it will now charge a one-time $100 fee when submitting a game to Greenlight.

Valve says that proceeds from Steam Greenlight submissions will be passed on to Child's Play, the charity organization that donates children's toys and games to hospitals worldwide. The initial fee will grant a Steam user access to post and update as many projects as they like, Valve says.

"We have no interest in making money from this, but we do need to cut down the noise in the system," writes Valve's Alden Kroll. Steam Greenlight has already received 700 submissions since launching on August 30th, many of them legitimate, Valve says.

Separately, Valve says it is also tweaking the number of games the Steam Greenlight community will see.

"The next time you visit Steam Greenlight you'll be shown a smaller, manageable list of games that you haven't rated," Kroll writes. "This view is a mix of popular games and new games to Greenlight."

Steam Greenlight went live last week, giving community members the power to vote on games for Steam distribution and provide developers with feedback.

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