Yes I know this news update is not strictly about Red Wars, but something has come up that the team is very concerned about, and needs to be addressed by the modding community as a whole. We of course mean payed mods. If you don't care about our opinion, check screenshots otherwise.
Recently Valve has implemented a new policy for allowing users to put their mods up for sale essentially as community made DLC. Modding is for a community, the idea of taking something and making it better for everyone. By requiring people to give you money for this, you cease to be a modder, and become a community DLC contractor. By monetizing community content, especially in this manner, the PC platform will gradually lose its sacred modding community in exchange for an abundance of miniature DLC's. People who only seek to make a quick buck and will flood the outlets with poor quality mods to try and scam people to buy them.
We modders work hard for our shit, we all know that to well. But we do this for you guys, not for ourselves. It's fine to ask for donations, and I encourage people to donate to mods they really enjoy. But putting mods behind pay-walls is despicable. It is very different to accept donations for your hard work, and hiding your work behind a paywall. The latter approach goes against modding and what our community stands for, and we will not have it.
Valve has also been censoring mods that properly ask for donations outside of Steam, showing that they really only are in it for themselves. Valve has also banned people for speaking out against this policy (Me included) from the steam community.
(LINK REMOVED used to be donation links).
I sincerely hope TaleWords doesn't jump on board with this like Bethesda did. But just in case, Red Wars will not be available on steam workshop anytime soon, and I encourage other modders to remove their mods from the workshop until valve rights this wrong.
IN LIGHTER NEWS: See the screenshots section for some screenshots for 1.7 :D
UPDATE: Steamcommunity.com is one of the main Free Mod Alliance groups, go join it! The Free Mod Alliance is the organized resistance against this new policy by valve. It is a coalition of major boycott and free workshop groups, united around this single cause. Join as many as you want.
LONG LIVE FREEDOM! LONG LIVE MODDING!