Skyrim Modders Pledge to Keep Mods Free to Protest New Creations Platform


skyrim logo and dragonborn

Bethesda has dropped a surprise update for us, and it’s not even about Starfield. Instead, it’s a major patch that, unfortunately, has broken nearly all of the fan-created content in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Modders and players are understandably unhappy about the predicament.

Modders are even taking to Reddit to declare their refusal to join the new Bethesda Game Studios Creations platform, which came with the latest patch released on Tuesday.

bethesda-creations-announcement
click to enlarge
Credit: Bethesda
Bethesda's announcement regarding the Creations platform.

The source of protest is the accompanying statement in Bethesda’s announcement that modders can sign up for the Bethesda Game Studios Verified Creator Program and start earning royalties for their creations through the platform.

In other words, BGS is allowing modders to charge for their content. However, the modding community does not take this well, especially since mods are the singular reason for Skyrim’s sustained popularity.

As a result, modders are airing their refusal to join the program and continue to keep their mods free of charge for the playing community. One of these is the creator of the popular mod Skyland, which has been downloaded from Nexus roughly 500,000 times.

The modder pledged that Skyland would never be uploaded to the Creations program as a form of protest.

Both players and modders are severely disappointed after the update rolled out because it caused nearly all mods to stop working. One of these mods is a crucial scripting mod, although Bethesda announced they’re working with the creators to restore the mod to working order.

As of today, there is still no update from either Bethesda or the modders regarding this issue.

For more articles like this, take a look at our News page.