Steam Workshop Paid Mods are Dead


That’s didn’t last long. Cities: Skylines players can relax because it looks like the Steam paid workshop system has been canned.

Following Gabe Newell’s Q&A sessson at the weekend, today Valve have decided to completely remove the paid mod system from the Steam Workshop.

A statement was posted explaining the change of heart.

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 bechewing through that, but if you have any further thoughts let us know.

This is good news for any Cities: Skylines players or modders that were concerned the system would open up on the Cities: Skylines Steam Workshop.

I still think there is room for a donations system however. This probably won’t be the end of the matter based on the statement above.

Our poll which was run on the site showed players were not keen on the idea and now that this has been shut down by Valve I’ll close it out. Here are the final results.

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