Developer Andrew Sampson submitted a project to Steam Greenlight a few months ago. The project was called Steam Cleaner, and it is a tool that will remove large amounts of data left behind by Steam, Origin, Uplay, and GoG. This tool is able to clear up gigabytes of data in only a few seconds. There is no configuration needed, you only need to run it, and it will detect all your installed games and then some.
The greenlight campaign receieved 21,000 unique visitors and 7,783 yes votes. To put it into perspective, the average greenlight entry gets around 500 total votes in its life time. In addition, the software section on greenlight is difficult to gain traction in, with most submissions being lucky to see around 10 yes votes.
The program reached the #1 spot, but after Steam Cleaner reached that spot, someone at Valve decided that utilities were no longer allowed on Steam Greenlight, and Steam Cleaner was denied as a result. However, Sampson wasn’t the only developed affected, the developer of Game Pipe was also told his software wasn’t allowed despite massive community support.
Last month, Sampson submitted his new project Ulterius to greenlight. Ulterius is a file browser that gives you complete control of your desktop from your browser. You can access all the information your computer dispenses in real-time, and you can even stream games through it.
Ulterius was demoed for hundreds of developers at Steam Dev Days and it received a lot of praise, shortly after they got back from Seattle, Valve sent them a Vive Dev Kit so they could create some VR software for Steam. Part of that was creating a VR experience for Ulterius, something they had already invested a lot of time into.
Sampson received the following message from Valve,