Valve has been making headlines this week for their controversial decision to allow game modders to monetize their work through the Steam workshop. Big shock, not a lot of people are ok with it, and they’re being pretty vocal about that. Currently, the “paid items – under review” tab in the Skryim workshop is about half-and-half between satire and legitimate attempts to make a buck.
Unfortunately, nobody has made a pay-only horse armor mod. C’mon, guys.
Step in one Gabe Newell, who took to Reddit today and doubled-down on paid mods, stating that the end goal is to “increase the investment in quality modding, not hurt it.”
“We thought we were missing some plumbing that was hampering that,” Gabe went on to say, as my left eye, all on its own, drifted over towards Steam Greenlight. Perhaps they’re trying to unclog the wrong pipes. Plumbing analogies.
However, Gabe did offer an out, stating that “If something doesn’t help with that, it will get dumped,” while reminding everyone that a lot of decisions concerning Steam is based on user data. Speaking of data, paid mods have raked in about 10k so far, which does little to offset the ~1 million Valve has lost this week due to bad publicity.
If you want to read Gabe’s responses to the AMA, you can visit his Reddit profile here, which should be more effective than sifting through the entire discussion. He does bring up some good points, and certainly clears the air on a few of the more murky areas of the issue, but in the end it will rest on consumers to “speak with their wallets.”