Skyrim Workshop Now Supports Paid Mods


We’ve had a long and excellent relationship with our good friends at Valve. We worked together to make the Workshop a huge part of Skyrim, and we’re excited that something we’ve been working together on for a long time is finally happening. You can now charge for the mods you create.

Unlike other curated games on Steam that allow users to sell their creations, this will be the first game with an open market. It will not be curated by us or Valve. It was essential to us that our fans decide what they want to create, what they want to download, and what they want to charge.

Many of our fans have been modding our games since Morrowind, for over 10 years. They now have the opportunity to earn money doing what they love – and all fans have a new way to support their favorite mod authors. We’ve also updated Skyrim and the Creation Kit with new features to help support paid mods including the ability to upload master files, adding more categories and removing filesize limit restrictions.

What does this mean for you?

As a modder, you now have the option of listing your creations at a price determined by you. Or, you can continue to share your projects for free. For those shopping for new mods, Valve is making sure you can try any mod risk free.

For full details on these changes to the Skyrim Workshop, check out Steam’s announcement page and FAQ.

Modding has been important to all our games for such a long time. We try to create worlds that come alive and you can make your own, but it’s in modding where it truly does. Thanks again for all your incredible support over the years. We hope steps like this breathe new life into Skyrim for everyone.

Bethesda Game Studios

Reader Comments

  1. Paid mods? You’re kidding?! You’re basically destroying the single thing that kept skyrim alive and made your game popular. You aren’t only killing a community, you’re killing yourself as well.

  2. A lot of mods are written because Bethesda can’t get their own software to work properly, so I’m calling BS on this whole scam. Their software becomes extorion-ware if a paid-for mod fixes something that’s broken.

    Neither Valve nor Bethesda will get another penny from me if this nonsense stands.

  3. I have countless hours of play on Skyrim, only because of the free
    mods that were correcting all the missing parts of the game
    (horses use, interface, weapons, follower etc…)

    The game was pretty ’empty’ in my opinion without those free mods.

    Now seeing that you, at Bethesda, and Valve got after a few modders,
    handpicking those who’s work would “Force” people into buying
    the new mod, I really feel like you acted like highway robbers.

    I was thinking about playing Skyrim some more recently, and even
    got as far as reinstalling it. I even bought TESO recently because
    some of my friends are playing on it.

    Right now, I am considering ask for a refund of the Teso, and I have
    uninstalled Skyrim. As only thinking about what you did to the community make me want to throw up. I never though I would once see a company stood lower than Ubisoft and EA in cash grabbing.

    The only thing I hope is that the community is going to give you the desserved kick in the wallet.

    In my case, I had planned on buying your next Fallout and Elder Scroll product. I think I will divert that money to some other
    games, just to avoid the bad surprise to find the games “empty,
    not finished, and left for the paid mods to be finished”.

    Lost a costumer there folks. Hope you enjoy some empty wallet time.