Steam Removes Payment Feature from Skyrim Workshop

Valve thinks its decision to allow content creators to charge for their Skyrim mods may have been a bit hasty - and now they've taken away the payment option from the Skyrim Workshop.

Earlier this week Valve announced that they would be allowing content creators to profit from their Skyrim mods, but in response to mounting protest, they have now retracted this decision and removed the payment feature from the Skyrim Workshop.

Valve employee Alden announced yesterday that after heavy consideration, Valve and Bethesda came to the conclusion that it was the right choice to remove the payment option. Though their intention, Alden notes, was to allow community creators the possibility of making a living from their creative work, the heated response to erecting the paywall led them to believe that the Skyrim Workshop may not have been the best venue in which to begin this process.

In addition to the "dump truck of feedback" Valve received protesting the paywall, there was also a Change.org petition calling for the removal of paid content from the Steam Workshop. Cyand Wondel, the petition's creator, argued that the poorly-gated process could lead to an influx of badly-made mods, which could hurt the Elder Scrolls brand. Steam users commented on the decision to remove the button citing similar concerns.

While many users are against being required to pay for the mods they want, some are not opposed to content creators making money - but as the petition notes, they feel it should be done via a donation button, so users can pay what - if anything - they want.

How do you feel about the reversal of Valve's decision? Is a donation button a satisfactory compromise, or does this leave content creators too reliant on the generosity of users? Give us your thoughts in the comments.

Published Apr. 28th 2015
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  • Amanda Wallace
    Former Staff Editor
    Well that was quick
  • Jessa Rittenhouse
    Really quick, yeah! I kind of expected with all the outcry that it would be taken down, but I didn't think it would go quite that quickly.
  • Pierre Fouquet
    Associate Editor
    They could have just changed the system.

    If anyone is wondering -- http://www.gameskinny.com/s23dj/paid-steam-mods-for-skyrim-is-it-so-bad-that-modding-could-be-a-job -- is what I thought about the paid mods as a whole, and I think it's a great idea (except the system of revenue sharing put in-place).
  • Jessa Rittenhouse
    I think changing the system would have been better. While I get that low-quality mods can reflect poorly on the developer of the original game, there are some fantastic ones out there, and that work deserves something more than a pat on the back and a few compliments. If you're passionate enough to invest that much time into making something that looks that amazing, you deserve to be able to do it for a living.

    Unless Bethesda steps in and says no, though, I don't doubt we'll see a lot of modders using Patreon, Kickstarter, or even just PayPal donation buttons to start making some kind of profit off of them.
  • Pierre Fouquet
    Associate Editor
    I agree... but then there are the modders who want to do it for free.
  • Jessa Rittenhouse
    Certainly, there are. But having a system in place to charge for them doesn't mean they're under any obligation to charge - so those that do want to do it for free can, even if others are making money off of it.

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