$57,000,000. Fifty-seven million dollars. That’s how much money Valve has doled out since 2011 to the people who create items for Team Fortress 2, Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
Now, according to a news post on the Steam blog, Valve is getting ready to add more games – the first non-Valve games – to the the paid, curated part of the Steam Workshop for enterprising creators to work with.
The content already up there was created by 1,500 contributors in 75 countries. It averages out to about $38,000 per contributor, in case you were wondering.
The new games we’ll see benefit from this are Dungeon Defenders: Eternity and Chivalry: Medieval Warfare. In addition to adding new games to the list of options for creators to contribute to, those creators will now have access to a new set of tools to help them see real-time sales data from their items, which may help creators better understand which of their items are most popular, letting them focus more on what players want.
If you were enjoying Chivalry but thinking there weren’t enough hats, Valve hears you.