The Steam Workshop is now allowing all modders to sell their creations in the Steam Market, Valve has announced.
“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’s Tom Bui in a statement. “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.”
The first game to support this major change is the ever popular The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Its Workshop page has been updated to filter free and paid mods. Currently, the game is boasting a total of nineteen paid mods under its listing, the prices of which vary between $0.25 and $6.99. You’ll be granted access to a mod immediately after purchase.
A slight chink in the armor, however, comes in the fact that modders are free to charge whatever they like. Games will not be curated by anyone in this regard. Valve though has implemented a refund policy through which anyone can request their money back within the first 24 hours of purchase. The refund will be credited to the Steam Wallet that made the original purchase.
“Unlike other curated games on Steam that allow users to sell their creations, this will be the first game with an open market,” Bethesda explained. “It will not be curated by us or Valve. It was essential to us that our fans decide what they want to create, what they want to download, and what they want to charge.”