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Petition to remove Valve's Paid Mods gets 120,000 Signatures

Petition to remove Valve's Paid Mods gets 120,000 Signatures

 

Valve's decision to add paid for modding to the Steam Workshop has been a very controversial one, while on the one hand it is great to see that mod developers can now get paid for their effort many other believe that mods should always remain free content for games. I personally believe that modders should have the option to get money for their efforts, though I believe Steam's implementation of this is the entirely wrong way to go about it.

When Valve's announcement was made last week, a change.org petition was made in response, which includes this open letter to Gabe Newell, the co-founder and managing director of Valve. Here is what the letter says. 

 

"We players of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim modding community have reached out to you because of the recently added "paid mods".

With this letter we hope to change your mind about what you are doing because this will make a lot of your trusted customers and players unhappy.

This development can create a huge hole in the PC gaming community. It will also flood the Workshop with thousands more "mods" that will literally do nothing productive to the game. This will also hurt your companies reputation.

I would also like to suggest to add a "donation" button instead of the current paying method.

Thank you for your patience."

 

You Can Now Buy Skyrim Mods on Steam

 

 

So far 126,512 people have signed this petition and that number continues to rise, so it cannot be denied that there is a lot of people who are against Valve's Paid Mods program. The petition also says that those who support free modding should also boycott any paid content on Steam in protest, though I highly doubt that Valve will be hurt monetarily by this. 

In my honest opinion I support the right for modders to get paid, however I do not support Steam's Paid for Mods in it's current form. Right now modders only get paid 25% of what buyers pay for their mods, with the remaining 75% being split between Valve and Bethesda, and with modders only getting paid if they earn $100 or more this means that the mod will need to sell enough to earn over $400, which is a lot considering that most mods sell for under $1.

Right now it is exceptionally difficult for a mod to sell enough for the modder to get paid and even then they simply do not get paid enough for their efforts. Valve host the content and Bethesda do supply the base game, but does that give them the right to 75% of the earning of mods that they have not put any real effort into?

Right now I support the addition of a donation button for Skyrim mods, as right now it is a solution which pleases everybody, within reason. By suddenly bringing this to the workshop Valve has given many consumers a sudden shock, as this is a big change from the norm, right now the gaming scene does not seem to be ready to pay for mods, and frankly neither is game modding itself.

Right now I believe that Valve need to remove paid modding and add a "donation" button, so that both modders and consumers can grow and move to become accepting of modders getting paid for their effort and that modders can place more effort into making mods incompatible and stable so that they can become much more user friendly and less frustrating to setup.

 

You can join the discussion on Valve's Paid modding on the Steam Workshop on the OC3D Forums and I look forward to reading your opinions on this issue. 

 

 

 

A petition to remove Valve's "Paid for Mods" gets over 120,000 Signatures. Should it be replaced with a donation...

Posted by OC3D on Monday, 27 April 2015
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27-04-2015, 07:27:37

King of Old Old School
IMO, But to me this will not work, Petitions don't work, Remember what happen with the Youtube Petition back in 2013 did that get anywhere...Nope

A donation button is the better idea.Quote

27-04-2015, 09:46:42

Dicehunter
An optional payment/donation button would be better IMO as paying for something that has no real after sales support is a little silly.Quote

27-04-2015, 12:33:06

Fetchez La Vache
"Oh god, a petition!" - No one at ValveQuote

27-04-2015, 13:08:47

Dark NighT
120k signatures on a general daily user base of 6 million minimum is really nothing! But i do want this mod selling to stop, its a stupid and greedy scheme.

Donation button through paypal, patreon is acceptable, donation through steam credit isnt.Quote

27-04-2015, 13:34:48

Greenback
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Originally Posted by Dark NighT View Post
120k signatures on a general daily user base of 6 million minimum is really nothing! But i do want this mod selling to stop, its a stupid and greedy scheme.

Donation button through paypal, patreon is acceptable, donation through steam credit isnt.

Steam must get their cut that's what it's aboutQuote
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