Valve have a well earned reputation for being in touch with the communities that inevitably form around their products, but their latest addition to Steam takes listening to the user base to a whole new level.
As of today, Steam users can view a selection of candidate games—each vying for inclusion into the Steam store—and vote their favourites that little bit closer to release. This move empowers both the consumer to pass critical judgement through the same rating/feedback system used in the Steam Workshop and game developers who can now directly reach out to the Steam community even before their game is completed.
With several months of beta testing under its belt and an “extremely positive” response already coming from Valve’s indie partners, it looks like this one could be a winner. Curious Steam users can browse the first wave of submissions here where dozens of titles await their consideration.