Valve is looking to shake up how games are surfaced on their digital storefront Steam. YouTube personalities Jim Sterling and TotalBiscuit recently visited Valve to get a rundown on the changes that will be arriving.
Following on from the announcement of Steam Direct – a service that will replace Greenlight, allowing smaller developers to publish their games for a fee – Valve is also looking to change the underlying algorithms that determine what games are made visible. Titles that are of low quality or re-use premade assets (what the company calls “fake games”) are the primary targets.
To mitigate the chances of good games producing false positives, Valve is also introducing the Steam Explorers program. As Kotaku reports, Explorers will play through poorly selling games and flag them if they enjoy it. If enough Explorers upvote a game, the algorithms will adjust accordingly.
It’s important to note that these Explorers aren’t paid employees. Similar to Steam Curators (a system which allows groups to recommend games), anyone can become an Explorer.
Other changes are also coming:
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