Since launching back in April, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive’s map pack of community-made levels, Operation Payback, has made the developers a cool $150,000 to split between themselves. That’s more than $20,000 each.
The news came via the game’s twitter feed:
Through Operation Payback, the CS:GO community has generated over $150,000 for community map makers!
— cs:go (@csgo_dev) July 25, 2013
The current run of Operation Payback is due to end on 31 July. I’ve not been able to find anything suggesting what will happen next, whether Valve already have another seven maps lined up to release or whether there will be a voting process, or if this will act as a one-off experience (unlikely).
Whatever the case, Payback has been a great success and shows that Valve are looking for more ways to reward the folk who create content for their games.