For those who are unfamiliar with what Steam Direct is, Steam Direct is a store upgrade of Steam Greenlight which aims to ease game developers’ life. We have dedicated an entire article to Steam Directly some time ago.
Since the whole business model has been changed, for developers it means that they will be asked by Steam to update their business information. Alongside with the paperwork, developers who want to publish their games on the store will have to pay a service fee which is currently set to 100$. This fee will be refunded after their game has reached 1000$ in total sales or in-app purchases. Additionally, Steam has announced that games which are to be put on their store, will be tested by their special team to make sure the software is safe to use. Into the bargain also comes a new documentation system which will guide developers in case they are in need of help. Steam will gather that information and put it together into its improvement system like putting puzzle pieces into the right place.
With the new changes Steam isn't sure if there will be more or less game submissions, but they are sure that there won't be any problem like the one with trading cards, because from now on everything will be monitored on a way higher security level.
Even though Steam Direct has only just been released, Steam has already some improvements in mind to make their Steam Store work much smoother and as their future plans, they have the recommendation section code in mind so there won't be any games that you might not like in your library. Valve is also going to work more on Steam Curators’ position in the community and we are going to see more features in the near future.