People not being paid for mods is a “bug in the system”, says Valve boss Gabe Newell

Remember when Valve introduced paid mods to Skyrim via Steam? Remember how everyone went mental and Valve pulled the idea? It’s not quite dead yet. 

We’ve got a list of the best Skyrim mods if you wanna get ‘em while they’re free. 

Gabe Newell still thinks modders should be paid for their hard work, and he makes a strong case for them. 

“Mod people create a lot of value, and we think that absolutely they need to be compensated,” Newell explained to GamesBeat during a media roundtable. “They’re creating value, and the degree to which they are not being accurately compensated is a bug in the system.” 

What Newell means by this is how value creates more content. Look at how Call of Duty’s success kicked off a wave of modern military shooters, or how GTA made everyone want an open-world sandbox game.

If people think something might make them rich, or not be a complete waste of time, they are more likely to be inspired to create something. More success stories leads to more modders, which leads to more mods. 

That doesn’t mean Valve will be jumping back in any time soon, though. Newell admits that the Skyrim situation was a “mess”, so they need to think of a way to do it properly, without alienating players who have been accustomed to free mods since forever. 

The comparison was made to a hot stove, which they’re not keen to burn their hands on again just yet. It sounds like they’ll be having a go at some point, though. I bet we see it before Half-Life 3. 

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Malfious Avatar
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7 Months ago

I think a donate button would suffice

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cpt.fantastic Avatar
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7 Months ago

You're missing the business end of this. Valve can't make money out of donations and why would they provide free services? The whole point of paid mods is another venue of income, not to make modders happier.

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CygnusBlack Avatar
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7 Months ago

This!

It was my first thought while reading the GabeN response.

Nothing wrong in recompensing Modders' hard work, but mods should remain free as intended.

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TsunamiWombat Avatar
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7 Months ago

By 'people', they of course mean 'themselves;.

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xNuke(5 minutes played)
7 Months ago

If they ever implement paid mods I will not buy them. They're not DLC (which I already refuse to buy in most cases), they're mods... fan made little tweaks to the game you enjoy playing to get a different experience on your next playthrough etc.

Donate button would be enough for most content creators.

But honestly I feel the real value is that mods (the good ones) open a doorway to the world of game/software development and that the really good programmers get spotted by companies and get hired. Others, might have an easier time applying if they have an accomplished mod on their CV.

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Jack1982cp Avatar
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7 Months ago

My other hobby is playing guitar (and bass and I also have drum software). I make up bass and drum backing tracks for the other people on our guitar forum so they can use them to play along with. I do it because I like to contribute to the community - it makes me feel good to give something back. I'd feel embarrassed if someone suggested I should be paid for it.

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CygnusBlack Avatar
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7 Months ago

Yeah, but nothing wrong in receiving some kind of compensation, if someone insists ... Right? ;)

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