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Valve Team Fortress 2 Community Creators Get Some Fat Checks

The Mann Co. Store is up and running, people are buying, and the creators are getting a cut.

Not too long ago, Valve added the Mann Co. Store to Team Fortress 2, allowing users to exchange items and real world cash for in-game items. Thus far, this new storefront has been featuring community-created wares from the winners of the Polycount item-modding contest, and as was promised, these creators are taking home a cut of what has been made during the first two weeks of the Mann Co. Store's existence--and it's a jaw-dropping amount.
 
According to Valve, five creators, Rob Laro, Shawn Spetch, Steven Skidmore, Spencer Kern and Shylyn Hamm, have taken home checks ranging from $39,000 to $47,000 dollars per person. That's, like, a lot of money for optional (and goofy) items and weapons. 
 


== TEASER ==Gamasutra reckons from conversations its had with Valve and the winners that the cut is 25 percent, meaning, according to Big Download, that Valve has potentially made around half a million bones from these knickknacks. Half a million! 

"At a time when content creators are struggling with changing markets and evolving technologies, the Steam community is sending a clear message with these checks," Valve president Gabe Newell said in a press release statement. 

If you're saying to yourself, "Hey, I like money and I can do this," go ahead. Valve has a website up for those who want to contribute to future updates or learn more about the process. And, hey, since I told you about it and all, think I could get five-percent of whatever you make? Just asking. 
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Posted by BradNicholson

Not too long ago, Valve added the Mann Co. Store to Team Fortress 2, allowing users to exchange items and real world cash for in-game items. Thus far, this new storefront has been featuring community-created wares from the winners of the Polycount item-modding contest, and as was promised, these creators are taking home a cut of what has been made during the first two weeks of the Mann Co. Store's existence--and it's a jaw-dropping amount.
 
According to Valve, five creators, Rob Laro, Shawn Spetch, Steven Skidmore, Spencer Kern and Shylyn Hamm, have taken home checks ranging from $39,000 to $47,000 dollars per person. That's, like, a lot of money for optional (and goofy) items and weapons. 
 


== TEASER ==Gamasutra reckons from conversations its had with Valve and the winners that the cut is 25 percent, meaning, according to Big Download, that Valve has potentially made around half a million bones from these knickknacks. Half a million! 

"At a time when content creators are struggling with changing markets and evolving technologies, the Steam community is sending a clear message with these checks," Valve president Gabe Newell said in a press release statement. 

If you're saying to yourself, "Hey, I like money and I can do this," go ahead. Valve has a website up for those who want to contribute to future updates or learn more about the process. And, hey, since I told you about it and all, think I could get five-percent of whatever you make? Just asking. 
Posted by 49th

It's great that they got so much just for contributing.

Posted by Rirse

Not bad for a bunch of modders.

Posted by Zippedbinders

Incredible

Posted by DukeTogo

I don't even know what this game is anymore.

Posted by ComradeCrash

That's a pretty penny!

Posted by natedagr811

BRB, learning modeling.  

Posted by Meltac

Team Fortress 2 is one fucked up game now.. and I love it!

Posted by Hitchenson

Hat Hatress 2

Posted by fisk0
@DukeTogo said:
" I don't even know what this game is anymore. "
next they'll let you build enviroments out of cubes and craft wooden axes.
Posted by Crono

That is an insane amount for making what, 3-4 items per person?  Absolutely crazy.  <Runs off to learn to model>

Posted by Jayzz

I miss Vanilla TF2. anyone else?

Posted by WJist

That's more than I make in a year! Clearly, I'm doing it wrong : (

Posted by MisterMouse

that is pretty crazy actually...

Posted by Winternet

This is great. Great incentive and probably a good way to find talents out there.

Posted by FunExplosions

Holy shit.

Posted by zaglis

Valve and the modelers deserve every penny!

Posted by AMonkey
@Jayzz:  Nope. Demo/soldier spam was pretty crappy and spies were a waste of a character slot.
Posted by raiz265

you must be fucking kidding me...

Posted by AURON570

Can TF2 be classified an an MMORPG yet?

Posted by Worm

Sadface.

Posted by ZombieGoast

Talk about an amazing incentive to add content to a game, damn.

Posted by ZombieGoast

Talk about an amazing incentive to add content to a game, damn.

Posted by skadbob

Hm... that's pretty incredible.

Posted by Evilsbane

Dammit Valve STOP MAKING ME HAPPY ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS PRACTICES I WANT TO BE ANGRY BECAUSE I WANT EP3!

Posted by MayorFeedback

It should be noted that that's how much they earned IN THE FIRST MONTH. The Mann Co. update came out September 30.  
 
Granted, a lot of people probably bought a bunch of stuff right away and won't buy the same items again, but damn. Valve is the best.

Posted by Phyreball

They deserve it, no denying that .

Posted by spaniel

Wow, time to start my own virtual gun manufacturing company

Posted by Th3_James

I read the title as "  Valve Team Fortress 2 Community Creators Get Some Fat Chicks"

Posted by crusader8463

Glad they are making money, but not at the cost of them resorting to nickle and dimming.

Posted by SSully

Not surprised. Everything is pretty cheap, i almost bought a weapon for 5 bucks, but decided against it. Hell i also remember a post by someone on here that spent 200 dollars or something just buying virtual surprise boxes.

Posted by guiseppe

Lovely :D.

Posted by s7evn

That's more than some people make in a year, and they've only been at it for a couple weeks. Congrats to them.

Posted by misterpope

Last time I checked, I could have sworn this game was just a class-based team shooter. Man. Now I don't even know.

Posted by Meteora

This sort of business incentive is real crazy.

Edited by Brackynews
@crusader8463 said:

" Glad they are making money, but not at the cost of them resorting to nickle and dimming. "

Internet logic at its finest. *head asplodes*
 
I've nabbed about $8 worth of misc weapons.  If I had $50 to blow I would definitely get the full community bag of tricks because it is a huge amount of stuff, but I just don't play enough TF2 to make it worthwhile for my student budget. Also, BUYING CHEST KEYS? (Sorry I've done that rant before.)  The store is a super weird change to the game, that's for sure. I do think it's hilarious that TF2 gets a proper trading system, and Borderlands is still Drop 'n Swap.  What are the odds a Gearbox sequel will have a RealMoney$tore? :)
Posted by Milpool
@Th3_James said:
" I read the title as "  Valve Team Fortress 2 Community Creators Get Some Fat Chicks" "
Hahahaha
Posted by Crushed
@misterpope said:
" Last time I checked, I could have sworn this game was just a class-based team shooter. Man. Now I don't even know. "
It still is. That's the beauty of TF2. You can ignore all of this stuff and still play the game, which is basically the same style as it was in September 2007.
Posted by Hamst3r

That's incredible. I wanna make a hat. :O

Edited by Olivaw
@s7evn said:

" That's more than some people make in a year, and they've only been at it for a couple weeks. Congrats to them. "

Dude, they haven't been at anything for a couple weeks.
 
They just modeled and skinned a few items, and probably finished making them like, a month ago to submit to the Polycount contest.
 
It's fucking nuts.
Posted by Gregomasta
@Jayzz said:
"I miss Vanilla TF2. anyone else? "

Nope!
Posted by valrog

Wow, just... Wow.

Posted by RagingLion

Yeah.  This is pretty incredible.  It's not that much for a company, but man .... for some random guy that is huge!

Posted by Renegadegd

dose anyone have an idea when team fortress 2 will be on sale next? i really want it but iv only just started using steam and I'm already spending to much.

Posted by DigTheDoug
@Renegadegd said:
" dose anyone have an idea when team fortress 2 will be on sale next? i really want it but iv only just started using steam and I'm already spending to much. "
No telling really, but I guarantee it will be on sale (probably $5 or less) in the Winter sale that usually happens after Xmas or so. But really, it's only $20 and it's more than well worth that price.
Posted by Mr_JPeps

you hear that Duders, The Future Is Happening!!!

Posted by Kintaro

While I love Valve's updates on Team Fortress 2 and I still own it and I love that its always fresh, those prices on gear is ridiculous. Each gear usually costs the price of Team Fortress 2 itself and that is kinda crazy.
 
Sadly I won't part with any money for in-game items at all. I only hope I won't be extremely gimped someday by some dude who bought some crazy weapon that cost $29.95.

Posted by MaFoLu
@fisk0 said:
" @DukeTogo said:
" I don't even know what this game is anymore. "
next they'll let you build enviroments out of cubes and craft wooden axes. "
Be realistic, no one would buy a game like that...
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Posted by RandomInternetUser

Ho Ly Shit.  That's more than a year's income for a lot of people.

Posted by Vigorousjammer
@fisk0 said:
" @DukeTogo said:
" I don't even know what this game is anymore. "
next they'll let you build enviroments out of cubes and craft wooden axes. "
and run from skeleton archers, and punch trees in the, uh... face, I guess?
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