A Valve representative this morning has announced that the company will remove all payment features from the Steam Workshop as a result of the angry backlash from the modding community last week. They acknowledged that they missed the mark with this "feature", and they didn't understand the target market in this instance. As I've said before it was a terrible idea from top to bottom. Mod creators and mod users are but a tiny fraction of the gaming community, but it has a long tradition in the Elder Scrolls games franchise.
Link to the announcement.
Removing Payment Feature From Skyrim Workshop
28 April 2015, Alden Kroll
We're going to remove the payment feature from the Skyrim workshop. For anyone who spent money on a mod, we'll be refunding you the complete amount. We talked to the team at Bethesda and they agree. We've done this because it's clear we didn't understand exactly what we were doing. We've been shipping many features over the years aimed at allowing community creators to receive a share of the rewards, and in the past, they've been received well. It's obvious now that this case is different.
To help you understand why we thought this was a good idea, our main goals were to allow mod makers the opportunity to work on their mods full time if they wanted to, and to encourage developers to provide better support to their mod communities. We thought this would result in better mods for everyone, both free & paid. We wanted more great mods becoming great products, like Dota, Counter-strike, DayZ, and Killing Floor, and we wanted that to happen organically for any mod maker who wanted to take a shot at it.
But we underestimated the differences between our previously successful revenue sharing models, and the addition of paid mods to Skyrim's workshop. We understand our own game's communities pretty well, but stepping into an established, years old modding community in Skyrim was probably not the right place to start iterating. We think this made us miss the mark pretty badly, even though we believe there's a useful feature somewhere here.
Now that you've backed a dump truck of feedback onto our inboxes, we'll be chewing through that, but if you have any further thoughts let us know.
Damn, I thought we were going to see more $100.00 horse genitalia mods on the Skyrim workshop!