Valve have just announced Steam Greenlight. The new service will work like the Steam Workshop, but for indie games. Creators can submit their work for rating by gamers, and the best rated games will then enter Valve’s approval process for inclusion in the Steam store.
The new service was revealed at a private event in London for British indie designers. Apparently the official website will launch soon, and we’ll have more information as soon as more anonymous text messages come through to my phone.
So what's to stop people voting for everything?
I think there's potential here, if they make it so developers have to 'sell' their game well with a good demo/video to let voters make an informed decision, which hopefully would stop anyone trying to put a 5 minute "it compiles!" job onto steam.