Steam Greenlight has had over 700 submissions already, and unfortunately many of them have been non-serious submissions, creating a lot of dead weight as gamers sift through them to find the legitimate titles. In an attempt to minimise the clutter, Steam is introducing a $100 submission fee for Greenlight.
The fee may appear a bit high for some, but it appears necessary to stop the flood of submissions making it to Greenlight that aren't serious games.
Steam announced on their community forum that there has already been over 700 submissions and while "there are a ton of legitimate submissions that people want to see...there is unfortunately a significant amount of noise and clutter being submitted, either as a joke or by fans not fully understanding the purpose of Greenlight."
In a move to separate the real games from the 'clutter and noise', Steam has issued an update to Greenlight, which includes a $100 submission fee. Those who are just submitting a joke will not want to spend the money, therefore eliminating the bulk of joke games, making it easier to find the actual games.
Steam has also announced a second update to the system to further assist in the navigation of finding the right game for you. There will now be a "smaller, manageable list of games that you haven't rated." The list will include games that are both popular and new to Greenlight.
If you think Valve is including the fee to simply make money, the $100 is actually going to be donated to the charity Child's Play, as "we have no interest in making money from this, but we do need to cut down the noise in the system."
It is also important to note that if you have already submitted a game to Greenlight, you are not required to pay the fee, but you will need to for any future submissions.
This seems like a win-win situation to us, what do you guys think?