Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Mod Workshop Now Allows Purchasable Mods — April 23, 2015
Following an update to allow the mod workshop for the PC version of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim to allow mods of any size to be uploaded, Valve and Bethesda have announced that modders will now be able to sell their mods in the workshop. Similar to Bethesda leading the way for previous updates to the Steam client, such as the Workshop itself and Steam trading cards, this service will also be the first test of a non-curated mod service on Steam, with the creator of the mod setting the price for the mod, and not needing approval from Bethesda or Valve to sell it.
Purchasable mods will come with a 24-hour grace period, during which the mod can be returned for a refund in case it is not performing as advertised. Additionally, free mods will still be available from the Workshop, and modders will not be required to sell their mods if they are not interested in the service. The modders who do take up this opportunity will receive 25% of the profits, as described in the FAQ for the Steam Workshop. The first 17 mods to take advantage of this can be found in this bundle on the Workshop.
Update: Due to severe community backlash, paid Skyrim mods have been removed from Steam and full refunds have been offered.