Steam's Workshop Celebrates Its First Birthday

Steam's Workshop Celebrates Its First Birthday

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The service built to supply Team Fortress 2 with hats now lays claim to 55 million downloads one year on.

It wouldn't be entirely fair to Valve to call Steam's Workshop an accidental success, but it's hard to believe Valve realized what it was getting into when it created a service to facilitate fan-made mods for Team Fortress 2. After one year, the Workshop now lays claim to 55 million downloads; Valve says it is the most visited area of the Steam community.

"Workshop contributors for Team Fortress 2 and Defense of the Ancients 2 combined have been paid millions of dollars for the items they've created now on sale," said a Valve spokesman in a blog post celebrating the Shop's birthday. The heavy hitters like Civilization V and Skyrim - both of which have published mods and add-ons - are the most visible, but there are sixteen shipped titles on the Workshop so far, with more to come.

"Valve has always been committed to supporting the modding community," said the official blog post, "and many of us got our starts in this industry as modders." Valve wants to make sure that its kindred spirits get the tools they need to make gaming magic happen. Though Valve let nothing substantial slip, "important additions" are promised in the very near future, to help its community.

Source: Steam Workshop announcement

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I think the Workshop's great. Easy way to browse and install all my Skyrim Mods. Hope more games keep getting added to its list.

Yet another reason why Steam is better than Origin: actual mod support for games. Sure, Steam could expand its workshop to encompass other games, but it's getting there.

I hope they don't let all this success go to their head!

Ldude893:
Yet another reason why Steam is better than Origin: actual mod support for games. Sure, Steam could expand its workshop to encompass other games, but it's getting there.

Well, more and more games apply and get Workshop access. Legend of Grimrock got it, Torchlight 2 will get it and so forth.

Been a year already? Jeez.

Well I look forward to easily browsing and installing mods for Skyrim when I finally get around to getting it this Christmas.

 

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