Valve took a step further to let developers to discount their own games on Steam. This should shorten distance between developers and players even further.
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According to Valve, allowing devs to discount their titles on Steam is “another effort to shorten the distance between developers and customers”. Devs will be able to configure sales that will run up to two weeks. To prevent system to be exploited, Valve will let devs to use this new feature once per two months. To make things even better, devs won’t need to get approval from Valve, they will manage their deals entirely.
The news was first noticed by a Reddit user Sharkiller who seen it in Steam’s private SteamWorks community. Ars Technica was able to get a statement from Valve and this is what it reads.
"As with the addition of a 'Recently Updated' section to Steam, this is another effort to shorten the distance between developers and customers," Valve told 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."
From now on, users won’t have to wait for Steam Sale to get their wanted games for cheap. Each developer can choose to offer their titles at a discounted price once every two months. This is a good move by Valve, and my wish list has just got bigger.
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