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In-Depth: Team Fortress 2 Community Contributors' Five-Figure Payouts

Gamasutra speaks with Valve's Gabe Newell, Robin Walker and Team Fortress 2 community content contributors, who took home as much as $47,000 each in royalties from the game's recently-introduced virtual item store.

When Valve Software announced the results of Polycount's Team Fortress 2 item-modding contest, the winners were just excited that their creations would be in the popular mulitplayer shooter.

But with the recent introduction of the game's user-created virtual item marketplace, the Mann Co. Store, the winners' items went on sale to the Team Fortress 2 community -- and a 25 percent revenue share to the modders led to a surprising payoff.

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