Steam developers now able to set their own prices and sales

Raining Money

By on March 5, 2014 at 2:01 pm

Apologies for missing this last week but it’s interesting nonetheless: developers with their game published on Steam have now been given the ability to control their own prices and set their own sales without having to approach Valve.

Previously, game prices and sales were set in collaboration with Valve, and required approval from Valve. Now, developers can set up fixed weeklong promotions, special sales or discounts, and wildly fluctuate their price as much as they like.

“As with the addition of a ‘Recently Updated’ section to Steam, this is another effort to shorten the distance between developers and customers,” said Valve in a statement delivered to Ars Technica.

“This new Steamworks tool allows developers to configure discounts for their own products, on their own schedules. They can define custom sale periods or opt in to regularly scheduled sales. This will enable developers to better coordinate their promotions with events, announcements, or major updates they are planning for their products.”

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I wonder if this means the end of the community choice in the summer/winter sales.

 

gaben stated in his AMA that valve’s vision was for steam to eventually become a self publishing system

 

Bet you prices won’t get any lower for Australia.

 

ottomatic,

If I were developing a game and putting it on steam I would lower the cost for aussies, jack it up for the states then blame logistics. (eye for an eye)

Lets hope we see lower prices though!

 

The opportunity exists so that’s cool.

 

somexspec:
ottomatic,

If I were developing a game and putting it on steam I would lower the cost for aussies, jack it up for the states then blame logistics. (eye for an eye)

Love it!

 

somexspec: If I were developing a game and putting it on steam I would lower the cost for aussies, jack it up for the states then blame logistics. (eye for an eye)

As much as it would be delicious to see this, I don’t think we should lower ourselves to their level. Aussies are better than that.

 

gammad,

Aussies voted in Murdoch and Co … we’re better than nothing.

 

Dark souls 2 anyone?

 
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