When Greenlight started out it seemed like it would be doing small indies a favor by helping them get approved where they usually would not have a chance to get on steam. This was supposed to be a way for start-ups and such to potentially gain support from the community and allow them to launch a game that would have been unreleasable without a publisher otherwise. At least that was the idea in theory, look at the list now and you will see that its cloged an jammed with many games that have either launched on other platforms or are made by veteran developers.
Take Pinball Arcade which has had great success on consoles and mobile platforms, why the hell is Valve denying them access and making them go through greenlight? Worse is the fact that game like these while popular dont stand a great chance of being "lit" in the first place as most people can get there fix on another platform. Want more? How about Jets n Guns, a game that came out in 2004 and is one of the best shumps on the pc, why cant they bypass greenlight and just get on the store? Last one, Out of the Park Baseball 13, a highly successful baseball sim and very long running franchise is also on greenlight, what in gods name do they have to prove, its obvious they know there stuff and its a shame because a Baseball sim has a snowballs chance in hell on greenlight.
I could understand if Valve had some extreme quality control on what went up in the store, but by no means is that the case as most people who frequent there store already know. Some of the stuff that gets released on there is plain crap and we all know it. It seems as if Valve has turned a once good idea into a catchall for games they dont want bothered with, denying promising or long standing but niche developers a real chance and basically condemning them to there own version of development hell. It be different if greenlight had a faster turn around, but at a measly 10 or so games a month most developers out of the top 20 don't have a chance as there game will lose steam in the voting on greenlight and fall out of the top long before they ever have a chance.
Steam has become a near necessity for small developers looking for success on the platform as its really cornered the digital market, Valve needs to stop throwing up roadblocks to seemingly random games that should already be on the damned store. I hope Valve change there way of doing this soon.