You Can Sell Mods On Steam Starting Today With Skyrim
Valve is now allowing mod creators to profit off their work on Steam.
With a new update to the Steam Workshop, users can now sell community-made content such as mods, items, and maps. The catch is that the games must have the feature enabled in order to do so. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is the first game to enable this feature, starting today. Valve said in a statement that more games will follow in the coming weeks. Those Skyrim mods that were already available for free on the workshop will continue to be unless the creator changes his or her mind; all prices are determined by the creator.
"We think this is a great opportunity to help support the incredible creative work being done by mod makers in the Steam Workshop," said Valve programmer Tom Bui in a press release. "User-generated content is an increasingly significant component of many games, and opening new avenues to help financially support those contributors via Steam Workshop will help drive the level of UGC to new heights."
You can find more information here on the policies.
If someone puts the time and effort into something, I always feel it's his or her right to ask for compensation. It will be interesting to see just what creators will charge and if they provide enough bang for the buck. Mods have added some really fun elements to games, along with fixing some annoying grievances after developers have moved on.