Is it possible for Steam to have too many games?
More games have been released on Steam just 20 weeks into 2014 than have been during all of 2013.
According to an Analysis from Gamasutra, the influx of new releases is thanks in part to Steam Greenlight, which has been adding as much as 75 games to Steam at a time recently.
Since Valve’s co-founder and managing director Gabe Newell previously said that the company’s goal is to “make Greenlight go away” and make Steam more of a self-publishing platform, it’s likely that we’ll only see the number of releases increase in the future.
It’s nice to have a huge selection of games to choose from, of course, but it also makes it hard for games from smaller developers to get noticed, and discovering the games you’re particularly interested in.
We can already see Valve trying to mitigate this problem with several crowdsourcing tools like user reviews, the ability to tag games, as well as report them for offensive content. Steam’s front page now also defaults to the “Top Sellers” tab instead of the “New Releases” tab, which turns over very quickly these days.
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