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Valve removes paid mods from Steam Workshop

By Ian Chee - on 28 Apr 2015, 10:18am

Valve removes paid mods from Steam Workshop

Since last week when Valve first announced the controversial paid mods functionality, the gaming community went ablaze. After a week of setting virtual forest fires and bringing climate change from the real world to the virtual world, a representative from Valve has announced that paid mods will be scrapped. Anyone who has paid for mods will also be fully refunded.

An example of a mod that shouldn't require mandatory payment. This one adds a follower that is nothing more than a chicken with a helmet. <br>Image source: <a href="" target="_blank">Skyrim Nexus</a>.

Alden Kroll of Valve posted, "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 and 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."

"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."

This may well be the wishes of the gaming community, which has gathered over 130,000 signatures in a petition against paid mods. That said, the bigger names in the industry have spoken publicly in favor of paid mods; names that include Bethesda, Valve co-founder Gabe Newell and Garry’s Mod creator Garry Newman. What about you? Are you in favor of or against paid mods?

Source: Steam via PC Gamer.