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An open letter to valve

Money does not equal quality. Shovelware is now guaranteed if they have the money to back it, and believe me they still do. While subjective humans can tell a good game from a bad one, and if the community is the one paying for it, then they it's only sensible for them to get a say. Free games, student projects, and indie games from actually small indies will be gone and that's all that separates Steam from Origin or Uplay. You will seriously jade your relationship with players and with devs who don't have the money. Yes there are those greenlight games that take bribes with those who have 1000 accounts and mysteriously get greenlit, but then there are the honest devs who work their ass off for nothing just to get a free passion project on steam for people to enjoy. Steam direct will be the biggest mistake you make if you go through with it. Paywalls are never good for anyone. Steam greenlight was a greenlight for indies, steam direct is a red light and a direct way for steam to lose true indies. A platform is only as good as the games on it, and an elitist paywall won't do a single thing but discriminate based on class.

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