How to publish an indie game on Steam: simple tips - Part 4

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How to publish an indie game on Steam: simple tips - Part 4

This is the fourth part of the article series, in which I will tell you how to publish your game on Steam successfully.

Some personal statistics on Steam Greenlight

My game passed Steam Greenlight in 26 days. This is a pretty good result, but I know that there have been cases when they passed in 5 days, and some even pass in a month. There is even a chance to go on half a year; therefore you don’t have to despair if you don’t immediately get through the moderation phase.

From personal experience, you do not need to despair because of negative reviews. When I released my game, the number of negative reviews was quite high. However, after a couple of days, the situation returned to normal, and I started to see more positive reviews! (It all depends on your game, of course)

How to pass Steam Greenlight?

Unfortunately, there is no exact system or formula for passing. Just about once a week the moderators do an inspection and approve the games in bulk, mainly paying attention to those who came out in the top 100. Moreover, the ratio of pros and cons is not particularly relevant. As far as I know, the smallest number of votes for which the game passed the Steam Greenlight was around 350 votes.
Maybe someone knows the cases when the game passed with a smaller amount?

Preparing for release

So let’s say you went through Steam Greenlight. What awaits us now?
First, the passage of Steam Greenlight is accompanied by joy and the desire to notify all your friends and share the news that you managed to pass moderation! But do not rejoice yet.
First, you will find a routine associated with filling out documents. It is necessary to indicate your ID card number and other data, sign agreements (for sale, non-disclosure), open a USD bank account, send a passport screenshot, etc…

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