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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.”

Pictured: a quality mod for .50

Pictured: a quality mod for .50

“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.”


That’s right, shortly after threatening a Valve employee on Twitter and essentially sinking his company, and then leaving, Mike Maulbeck has come running back with his tail between his legs. Bizarrely, the other people in the company are actually welcoming him, instead of shunning him like the outcast he should be. The best part is that they claim from now on all blog posts will be written from the entire company’s perspective, rather than one person — except he still has a personal Twitter account, which is how this started.

Here’s a choice bit from that message, essentially admitting that nobody would hire him:

Travis publicly denounced his departure, and in the weeks following his official stepping down Mike had second thoughts. Looking for a new source of income was extremely overwhelming and when it finally came time to put pen to paper, Mike and Travis agreed the best thing to do would be to have Mike return to Code Avarice.

Gooooooood stuff.