22 April 2016 - 02:26

Valve to add Payment Feature to the Workshop

After a failed attempt a year ago Valve is looking to reintroduce the Payment Feature to its Workshop starting with Counter Strike Global Offensive.
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After the failed attempt by Valve almost exactly a year ago to add a payment feature to the Skyrim Workshop it appears that they are giving it another try.


The evidence came to light when one of the bigger Workshop contributors uLLeticaL posted a picture on Reddit.  In the picture you can notice the text “You can subscribe to this item for free because you are the creator or listed as a contributor.” Clearly implying that Workshop contributors will be able to put a price on their content. Crashz, another big contributor to the Counter Strike Global Offensive Workshop confirmed the fact that Valve is adding the new option to its Workshop.


When Valve first added such function to the Skyrim workshop the community responded poorly and a petition was started resulting in the cancellation of the payment feature within less than a week. Valve notably stated previously that they wanted to apply the very same system to a few other games, including Counter Strike and Dota.  Wherever they have revamped the payment feature for the Workshop or are just giving it another try remains to be seen. This combined with the fact that it is exactly a year ago seems to provide a strong case for the feature to be true and we might see it implemented sooner than expected.  


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.


Alden Kroll Valve Employee on 28 April 2015.


One thing that is for sure is that Valve would be taking a big risk here, as it might be arguable wherever the majority of content would be worth paying for and the threat of people creating free alternatives of popular paid content. On the other hand the Counter Strike community has shown to be fine with microtransactions which the community has proven, with gamers spending big cash on virtual cosmetics for their weapons. It appears that the update will include multiple games but nothing is official just yet. At this time Valve has not responded on the matter but we can expect the update to go live soon.


Image Credit to /u/uLLeticaL

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