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Nexus Mods set aside $100,000 for new system to pay modders

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Nexus Mods will soon start paying popular modders for their work, thanks to a new system built around “donation points.” The first year will see the site set aside $100,000 to pay out to their top mods each month.

Modders can opt-in for each of their files to receive donation points, or DP. Site managers will create a pool of DP each month based on the amount of cash available for that period, with the points getting distributed according to the number of unique downloads each opted-in mod received for the month. 1,000 DP translates to $1, and that money can be redeemed via PayPal, given to charity, or used on further premium memberships at the site.

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The cash backing the system up comes from Nexus Mods itself, from its “own money reserves.” The company says in the announcement post that it's “looking forward, we would also like to introduce a crowd funding mechanism that will allow users of the site to donate to the monthly pool and top up what Nexus Mods is already paying in each month.”

According to the FAQ, the site managers are looking to remain as hands-off as possible in this system, hence their use of unique downloads as the metric for payouts. “As we're sure you can understand this issue is complicated and can create the potential for a lot of drama in the community. Whatever system we use has to be reasonable and most of all, devoid of subjective human opinions as much as possible. That basically means that there should be no one person or group of people in charge of who receives Donation Points.”

One possible source for the “drama” alluded to there is mods which make use of existing mods in creating new content. For those who don’t want their work reused in other mods that might get paid through this system, there are new permission settings for whether derivative files can make use of a modder’s uploaded work for DP.

There’s still time for the kinks to be worked out, since payments will run on a rolling 90-day structure and it’ll be three months before the payouts start. More official attempts at making money off of mods - notably Bethesda’s paid mod system - have been decidedly controversial, but a more donation-focused version which keeps the mods free and simply pays creators may be able to avoid those issues.

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Braneman Avatar
4 Weeks ago

TBH I've actually just kinda stopped modding games in recent years. I used to be able to put together a pretty interesting Skyrim install, but the Nexus is such a terrible place to want to mod things that I just gave up. There are so many Divas on there with their own bull headed ideas about how things should work that it's pretty much not worth the hassle to use the site at all.

I got a great example, Fallout 4 has an engine limitation where you can't have more than 128 items in a list or whatever so you have to use a mod to build new crafting table that all the other mods use. But the mod made to get around arbitrary engine limitations requires perks to use and the guy who made it has no problems with that and will get pissy at you if you suggest that fixing engine limitations shouldn't require ingame explanations.

TsunamiWombat Avatar
4 Weeks ago

`The first year will see the site set aside $100,000 to pay out to their top mods each month.` OH BOY, THIS SYSTEM WON'T RESULT IN ABUSE AND EXPLOITATION AND ANGRY HURT FEELINGS NO SIR. Seriously, the modding community is full of diva's and lunatics as it is. Add money and you have a mcclusterfuck royale with cheese waiting to happen.

Jac Atax Avatar
4 Weeks ago

Money and modding has been a toxic combination, it used to be such a great hobby and community spirit, now I just don't want to go near it.

SkankwOn Avatar
4 Weeks ago

Modding should just be for the love of the game, not the money.

If a talented modder gets picked up by a professional dev studio and wants to work for them, go for it! But trying to monetise modding just goes against the whole spirit of it, for me anyway.

WhiteCrow Avatar
3 Weeks ago

In 2018, we will witness the first killing blow of modding, or at least a good portion of it.