Skyrim mods, 5.99 please. The Rhetoric: 26 April 2015.
Steam did what now? Paid mods – okay yeah sounds interesting.
“Steam gets 75% of the profits.”
Okay buddy that’s it, I say no!
Welcome to another Rhetoric article for the 26th of April 2015; so there has been quite a controversy surrounding Steam’s recent announcement of paid mods on their Steam Workshop. Now initially I was worried that all modders would jump ship and begin putting all their content behind the pay wall, but the backlash has had me somewhat relaxed since the community (and by extension the market) has largely been against having something gated off completely.
Now I do agree that modders deserve monetary compensation for their work – hell I have my own Patreon page for that very reason. Indeed while I enjoy writing, I do wish to make some sort of money off of this craft, rather than simply doing it and that’s it. Much like serving ones country, you do expect to be paid to be in the military, rather than simply have a pat on the back and some individual saying: “thank you for your service,” before booting you to the nearest employment centre. Now the realities of life dictate that money is how we survive, and indeed if we are to pay our bills, we require income – steady income at that.
Now does this all mean that I fully support Steam’s tactics? Absolutely not, I do not support simply taking what was once free and slamming it behind the Berlin Wall. Hell EA Origin isn’t even this insane, and they’re EA! When they say something is free, it’s freaking free! Heck this is how I got Battlefield 3, not that I really dive into it anymore but still – free is free. However I am not opposed to a Patreon-style payment option where the end user can contribute to the Patreon Page should they find the modder’s work quite enjoyable and wish to support them for future updates. This is essentially the main reason behind things like mods getting abandoned, or blogs going silent for months on end – people are tired from work, they have fitness routines, they have personal lives, and so forth. Should an audience want more from the artist in question, then the artist will need a stable income from either a firm, a company, or heck even their Patreon page if possible. Otherwise, like money, their time will be allocated elsewhere – such is reality, unfortunately.
Indeed sometimes money is the answer to an artist’s dilemma. Should the craft become something they can make a comfortable living off of (but not get rich), then they can quit their crappy day job at the coffee shop and fully commit themselves to their passions – in the end that is what we all want, is it not? Free from the corporate ladder, and able to express our artistic desires in a way that if the audience enjoys our work, then there is a hope that it will turn into a career path, one that we can look back on years from now and be thankful to all those who supported us along the way.
Now before I depart and leave you fine folks to ponder on the subject matter, I have recently published a book on Amazon Kindle – I’m hoping to make this particular story into a series, but lately I have not found the time to work on the second book. The links to the book (Amazon US, UK, and Canada, though it is available in all regions) will be in the description below, so go check them out! Also, unlike Steam, the writer gets the 70%, and not Amazon (if you were curious). Anyways folks, thanks for reading, and I shall see you next time.
The Knight, the Bishop, and the Pawn