When Steam was released, one could have never imagined the impact it would have in the game industry. It was recently estimated that four out of five games purchased online are downloaded via Steam. Hence, it is no surprise that every game developer’s dream of releasing his game on Steam so that it is available to millions of potential customers. Here are some tips for those who want to make sure their game is a success via Steam.
- Choose to Start With a Single Platform: Windows and Linux are the widely used and the main platforms supported by Steam. When you try to make your game support two or more platforms, you may end up running into early problems that require regular updates. With us, you may get negative feedbacks that may hurt your team’s morale and game’s reputation. So choosing one platform is recommended. Since Windows is the most widely used operating system, so it is a safe bet. When you focus on a single platform, you will have a much easier time releasing updates, that is required in the first few weeks of your game launch. Once your particular version is stable, then consider moving to the next.
- Don’t Rush Major Updates: It is not bad on part of developers to fix the unforeseeable bugs that have occurred in their game after the launch after all you want your players to have the best experience possible and make their purchase worthwhile. But sometimes showing a little bit of patience allow you to make your game much better in the long run. The best way to release major updates is after every three or four weeks. This gives you enough time to find and solve any other problem.
- Sticky Threads Are A Must-Have: When you release a particular title on Steam, it has its own “Discussions” section where people can interact, ask questions etc. As a developer, you will feel good when you will see people discussing and sharing tips and secrets, thus making your game a success. The “Discussions” section is also vital for players who have just started playing your game as they can easily get information and fix their problems. A “Guides & FAQ” thread is also necessary so that the people who have any query related to your game can easily find an answer. An updated thread on the common bugs is also beneficial. Taking a look at the discussion section of other titles is also important to see what kind of threads other developers thought significant enough to make sticky.
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