They're not gambling that title. Anybody making something good enough to make as much money as Stardew Valley (or any money at all, really - how big can the fee possibly be?!) isn't going to worry about the raised cost to get on Steam. This is going to filter out the hobbyist titles, and nothing else. I'm all for it! If a game is so bad that it'll make less money than the average asset-flipper, then it doesn't belong on Steam in the first place, right? Getting on Steam used to be a huge deal, where the free publicity given just by being on the platform would get you a ton of sales. Now there's so much trash gunking up the system, you're lucky if you get fifteen minutes (number pulled out of my ass, but I think I've heard it thrown around before) on the front page before getting buried. When did Steam become the GM Sandbox? A lot of people here are worrying too much. If the fee is $5000 to get on Steam and you can't raise that money alone, then start a Kickstarter. If your game can't even make $5,000 on Kickstarter, it doesn't belong on Steam. That's the reality of it, sorry! That's why they're changing the rules. Greenlight failed. Edit: With all the garbage that gets put through Greenlight, it'd be a real shame if your game didn't make it through somehow. I'm pretty sure it'd get through just fine though, so I'd just go for it. The only thing I'd be worried about is the average Steam user looking at your game and going "durr, too complicated, not enough memes," and downvoting. Greenlight users seem to be better than that though, so I can't see your game failing there. You might get more free press by being first on a new system, but you might have to fork over $5000 or something to make it happen. I'd wait to see what Valve says... Steam isn't for "indie's first game." If you don't think your game will even pull in $500, then it doesn't belong on Steam. Again, this is EXACTLY why the rules are changing. That said, I think you should do more research. I'm pretty sure your game would earn at least a few grand on Steam, Ranger.