Valve has made an about turn on it’s paid mods feature for Skyrim Workshop mods. Anyone who purchased a mod during the brief window the feature was enabled will receive a refund for their purchases.
Valve made the statement of their decision on the Steam Community website citing that they didn’t know what they were doing
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.
It may not be the last of paid mods though as the announcement goes on to say
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.
Bethesda, publisher of Skyrim had a hand in the reversal of Valve’s decision as the publisher took to their blog stating
After discussion with Valve, and listening to our community, paid mods are being removed from Steam Workshop. Even though we had the best intentions, the feedback has been clear – this is not a feature you want. Your support means everything to us, and we hear you.