Skyrim Paid Mods Not What the Community Wanted, Bethesda Says

"The feedback has been clear--this is not a feature you want."

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As it faced an avalanche of criticism, Valve on Monday announced that it had decided to do away with paid mod support for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, a feature implemented just days earlier. Now, Bethesda--the publisher of Skyrim, which worked with Valve for years on the new feature--has released its own statement.

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"After discussion with Valve, and listening to our community, paid mods are being removed from Steam Workshop," the company said on its blog. "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."

The release of this statement comes just hours after Bethesda published an in-depth blog post that outlined the company's reasoning behind offering paid mods for Skyrim in the first place. Bethesda at the time acknowledged that such a paid mod system had a ton of potential problems, but said the company was confident that these issues could be overcome.

"There are things we can control, and things we can't," Bethesda said. "Our belief still stands that our community knows best, and they will decide how modding should work. We think it's important to offer choice where there hasn't been before."

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