Valve already have paid Steam Workshop mod support on some of their own titles, but are now rolling that out to third-party titles.
Skyrim mods are hugely popular, and from today mod creators who fancy that their work is worth a pretty penny will be able to earn money directly from the Steam Workshop by selling their brightest and best pieces.
Skyrim mods have been downloaded a whopping 170 million times and there are 25,275 mods currently listed on Steam, so there’s considerable potential for mod makers to start earning some decent money from their Skyrim mods, items, weapons, and quest creations. Assuming, that is, people are prepared to pay.
Valve has dished out more than $57 million to mod makers since last October, so there’s a burgeoning market there. Popular mods could prove to be quite lucrative if they’re put up for sale.
Paid Skyrim mods are already appearing. This Warhammer Scrib Crusher will set you back £0.17, or how about a Shadow Scale Set which comes in at £1.35? It may take time for all the prices of different mod types to fall in line with each other and settle, so things could fluctuate for a while.
If you’re a Skyrim mod maker then it’s time to decide if you want to continue offering your creations for free, or whether to grasp the clammy hands of the microtransaction business and (potentially) earn some cash.