Fan-funded Skyrim multiplayer mod may never release as devs “don’t owe the community anything”

The mod's development team - which is currently earning $18k per month from donations - blames community toxicity for delays.

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Activemessiah1006d ago

This is why I've never paid modders with anything other than my gratitude lol

Tech51004d ago (Edited 1004d ago )

not all MODers are like this though...
or should you use Bethesda as the template for all developers? no...

BLizardXD1004d ago (Edited 1004d ago )

The moding community deserves a lot of credit for fixing bugthesda's ish. for sure.

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ShadowKing-1005d ago

And now the charge backs begin.

Vegamyster1005d ago

They deleted the entire thread/comments, they made a post the next day saying they're still working on the mod lol.

CorndogBurglar1005d ago

So these guys are getting donations that equal $18,000 a month from the community, and even more earlier in the process, yet they feel they don't owe the community anything?


frostypants1005d ago (Edited 1005d ago )

One of the key guys behind this has a long history of being a grade A, defcon 1, master douchebag.

CorndogBurglar1005d ago

I've never heard of them, but it shows.

Michiel19891005d ago

the way they did that paid beta gave them away.
paid beta for a free mod that they are now maybe not even gonna release

Alek831004d ago

Entitled modders are entitle. I bet at least some of these aholes worked for EA at some point in time.

Parasyte1005d ago

Jesus, these guys are just asking to be destroyed!

Al_Simmons1005d ago

They "owe" us. We put money in their pockets. TF you mean? Such a douchey response by the devs.

generic-user-name1005d ago

There is a difference between making a donation and making a purchase.

Al_Simmons1005d ago (Edited 1005d ago )

"WE" buy their games. If it wasn't for "US", "THEY" wouldn't have a job.

RauLeCreuset1005d ago (Edited 1005d ago )

The distinction is irrelevant in the context of people complaining online. It's not like they're being sued, in which case it would be relevant. Most donations are done with the expectation that the money is put toward a stated purpose. The same is true in this situation. From their Patreon:

Why patreon?
We made the choice to allow players to play together without going through the pain of hosting a game server, port forwarding etc. To do so we are hosting every game server ourselves and that costs money. It will also help us plan hackathons where we can work on the mod full time.

Do I need to pay to play?
NO, the mod is free, this is completly optional if you wish to support us and the work we do.

What does my money actually pay for?
Here are a few of the costs we have to handle (this list is not exhaustive):
Dedicated server
Domain name
SSL certificates
Hackathons (plane tickets and rentals)

When will the content be released?
While we would like to release on a regular basis, this mod is being worked on when we have free time or during hackathons, it is impossible for us to release on a fixed schedule as what we do is very experimental. We hope to release the first stable version of the mod during the year 2019.

How can I support you?
First of all, THANK YOU. Your support means a lot to us. You can help by contributing to the Patreon - even as little as a dollar a month can help us continue creating this mod.

What else?
Thank you. Thank you so much for helping us make this a reality.

Given the context, it's a horrible response to say they don't owe the fans anything, it's a project for themselves, and they've thought about not releasing it to the public. It would have been better to ask for continued patience and remind the community that they don't have a specific release schedule, as mentioned on the Patreon page. The response given may have actually opened them up to legal issues, based on the language on their Patreon page.

Born2Game831005d ago

Its a donation. They didn't force anyone to give them money. Their mistake. But I agree this is a bitch of a move. This won't end well for them.

CorndogBurglar1004d ago

I understand it's a donation. But I have to believe they put up a link and gave fans the means to give them money. Fans didn't just send money straight to their bank accounts without it ever being mentioned. If they have someplace online for people to give donations that means they set it up. So in a way, that IS asking for money, no matter how you look at it. So to turn around and make these kinds of comments is very sleazy.

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