At the time of writing this, a change.org petition to remove paid content from the Steam Workshop has reached approximately 59,500 signatures in less than one day.
On April 23, Valve introduced the ability to list The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim modifications as paid content through Steam Workshop, with planned support for other games. The controversial decision has since spawned heated debates, mod theft, trolls, and now the petition.
In its letter to Valve Corporation and ZeniMax Media, the undersigned state that “we hope to change your mind about what you are doing because this will make a lot of your trusted customers and players unhappy.
This development can create a huge hole in the PC gaming community. It will also flood the Workshop with thousands more “mods” that will literally do nothing productive to the game. This will also hurt your companies reputation.”
It is yet unclear whether or not the petition will move the two companies to withdraw their support for paid mods; however, Valve also encourage consumers to reach out with comments and complaints through their official contact form.