Valve is always experimenting with the Steam platform, sometimes for the best, others not so much. While their explanation of their intentions for this latest controversy seems good: to give modders a way to make money from their work and encourage developers to provide more powerful tools, it effectively caused an uncontrolled “urine and acid fight with water cannons” in the community.
On Thursday of last week, Valve announced a new payment program for Steam Workshop mods. The idea was to offer players a way to support the modders financially by allowing modders to charge for their creations.
While I am not going into the debate about whether or not the initial plan was a good idea, a large population of users showed their overwhelming rejection. Yesterday, Steam announced that they would eliminate this plan, citing user feedback as the reason. Accounts that been paid for mods during this time will receive a full refund.