Dejobaan Will Loan You $100 to Submit to Steam Greenlight

// September 5th, 2012 // Dejobaan News, Indie News

If you want to submit to Steam Greenlight, but feel you can’t because of the required $100 Child’s Play donation, I want to make it possible. Here’s my money where my mouth is:

  1. I will loan $100 to one awesome aspiring indie developer. (Read on.)
  2. I’m calling on other established indie developers to do the same.

(Update 1: If you’re an indie willing to do put up $100 as well, please drop me an e-mail at

(Update 2: The outpouring is already fantastic. Indies and non-indies want to help folks make great games.)

(Update3: We’re all done. Results to come.)

It’s been my experience that indies help each other out. We spend countless hours sharing successes and mistakes in talks and e-mails, and over the phone. When I started, over a decade ago, there weren’t many of us, so I’ll be damned if I’m going to hoard everything I’ve learned in the intervening years.

This blog post isn’t about whether Greenlight is good or not. I’ll leave that to you to decide. (Ed: I love Steam and Valve. I think they’re pretty awesome for indies.)

The biggest piece of advice I have to those who are working on a new title is this: I’ve seen people who are dead serious about their games. There is nothing in the world that will stop them. We eat ramen for months. We sleep on couches when we need to. All to get our games done. You’re able to create a game? You are pretty goddamned smart! I know you can find a way to make it a success, if you stick with it.

But you ain’t alone, right? Look: I’ll loan one indie $100 to submit their game on Steam’s Greenlight platform. For consideration, you must do this:

  1. Email: (Update: We’re done. E-mail submissions closed. Results forthcoming!)
  2. Say: In the e-mail, a) tell me a bit about your game, b) tell me a bit about yourself, and c) promise me that you realize that nobody owes you anything, and that you’ll pay me back before the end of the year.
  3. Disseminate: Spread the word so that other indies will offer similar loans.

By the end of this month, I’ll pick someone I feel is awesome, and loan ’em the cash.

Again, I don’t care a hoot about whether Greenlight sucks, or is the best thing since pet monkeys. This blog post won’t solve world hunger. It may not even solve your problem. But it’s one way to help.

Guys and gals: Keep making those games.

– Ichiro