Paid Mods Have Been Removed From Workshop

Paid Mods Have Been Removed From The Steam Workshop

Paid Mods Have Been Removed From Workshop

Paid Mods Have Been Removed From The Steam Workshop


The people have spoken and Valve have answered, Paid Mods have been removed from the Steam workshop. Bethesda have also added their blessing to this move from Valve. All those who paid for any Skyrim Mods will also have their accounts refunded.

This comes after a tremendous public outcry against this move from YouTubers and Consumers a like, not just criticizing Valve's implementation of this paid model mods, but also over the fact that mods have traditionally never been a paid for addition to a game.



You Can Now Buy Skyrim Mods on Steam


Valve's Alden Kroll had this to say in their most recent update;


"We're going to remove the payment feature from the Skyrim workshop. For anyone who spent money on a mod, we'll be refunding you the complete amount. We talked to the team at Bethesda and they agree. 

We've done this because it's clear we didn't understand exactly what we were doing. We've been shipping many features over the years aimed at allowing community creators to receive a share of the rewards, and in the past, they've been received well. It's obvious now that this case is different. 

To help you understand why we thought this was a good idea, our main goals were to allow mod makers the opportunity to work on their mods full time if they wanted to, and to encourage developers to provide better support to their mod communities. We thought this would result in better mods for everyone, both free & paid. We wanted more great mods becoming great products, like Dota, Counter-strike, DayZ, and Killing Floor, and we wanted that to happen organically for any mod maker who wanted to take a shot at it. 

But we underestimated the differences between our previously successful revenue sharing models, and the addition of paid mods to Skyrim's workshop. We understand our own game's communities pretty well, but stepping into an established, years old modding community in Skyrim was probably not the right place to start iterating. We think this made us miss the mark pretty badly, even though we believe there's a useful feature somewhere here. 

Now that you've backed a dump truck of feedback onto our inboxes, we'll be chewing through that, but if you have any further thoughts let us know."


Many people will be pleased by this decision from Valve, though right now it remains unknown if the company will add the ability for gamers to donate to their favorite modders through the Steam Platform or otherwise be able to optionally fund the modding community.


You can join the discussion on Valve removing all paid mods from the Steam Workshop on the OC3D Forums. 



The people have spoken and Valve have answered, Paid Mods have been removed from the Steam workshop.http://www.overclock3d.net/articles/software/paid_mods_have_been_removed_from_workshop/1

Posted by OC3D on Monday, 27 April 2015
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28-04-2015, 05:55:11

Amen to that.

On top of it being a bad idea in my eyes. Considering the payment split being 30%,45%,25% for Valve, Bethesda, Modder respectively, it seems like the small guy got shafted anyway.Quote

28-04-2015, 06:05:15

Thank god. Skyrim is hands-down my most-played game ever with hundreds of hours on PS3 and about 40 on PC. Paid mods would've probably only brought nothing but trouble. Perhaps Valve should add the option to donate to mod developers. They could get paid in Steam Wallet funds, or receive their money via paypal.Quote

28-04-2015, 08:23:50

Fetchez La Vache
One slight caveat, in the statement from Valve/Bethesda they say that paid mods will still be arriving for other games. Seems like just the Skyrim Workshop paid mods are being removed for now.

Link to Brodual's video

28-04-2015, 08:36:41


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