TF2 and Dota 2 item creators made an average of $15,000 last year

Team Fortress 2

By on January 17, 2014 at 3:29 pm

Figures released out of the ongoing Steam Dev Days conference have revealed that Valve paid over $10 million to the item creators whose wacky hats and cloaks have graced the halls of Team Fortress 2 and Dota 2 in 2013.

Using a little bit of mathemagic, $10 million handed out to 661 different creators makes for an average of over $15,000 each — not bad money at all.

Also revealed in the presentation was the fact that over 90% of the items in Valve’s games are now community created, which just goes to show how seriously Valve is taking their hands-off approach. Interesting stuff.

Source: The Verge

21 comments (Leave your own)

Wow, good for them.

For someone who won’t use Steam, what does it take to become a content creator?

 

jme,

A strong passion for the game your creating for, an indepth knowledge of 3D modelling, and a creative mind =D

 

jme:
Wow, good for them.

For someone who won’t use Steam, what does it take to become a content creator?

Nothing really, just be able to make content. If it’s good enough Valve will put it in the game and micro transaction store and you get a percentage. They hold competitions sometimes too (I think this is how it started actually, this was before the workshop) and the top x got put in the game. The people who won the TF2 content challenge made over 60k in less than a year of it being put into the store.

It’s a great thing if you are a 3D artist, it can really get your foot in the door.

 

i wish they would make a way for sound/ music creators to make similar ingame stuff, audio wise

 

wow thats good coin

 

I wonder what the standard deviation on that is, gotta figure some items are a lot more popular than others.

 

jez,

Yeah, I was just thinking the same: I want graphs…

 

To me it seems like one of the stupidest things in the world to spend real money on in-game items that are just for vanity and don’t give the player any kind of advantage over others.

Some of these items e.g. in DOTA 2 wouldn’t even get noticed by anyone due to the small size of player characters on the screen.

Also hearing about people spending $100 on 1 gun in CS:GO (a game that itself can be bought for only 5 to 10 bucks) just makes me wonder what motivates such levels of stupidity.

 

modsmixer:

Also hearing about people spending $100 on 1 gun in CS:GO (a game that itself can be bought for only 5 to 10 bucks)just makes me wonder what motivates such levels of stupidity.

The need to be noticed? Seems like with Youtube and twitter and all other social media today, the need is strong in lots of people.

Have $$$, show the world what “bling” you have. Happens in RL too. :)

 

modsmixer:
Also hearing about people spending $100 on 1 gun in CS:GO (a game that itself can be bought for only 5 to 10 bucks)just makes me wonder what motivates such levels of stupidity.

What’s it to you what they spend their money on? Ignorant statement is ignorant.

 

matty: What’s it to you what they spend their money on? Ignorant statement is ignorant.

Sounds like the nonsense response of someone who likes to waste their money on things of no value…

 

modsmixer,

If that’s the position you take then theoretically everything has no value on this earth as you can’t take it with you beyond the grave… it just depends on where you draw the line in defining value.

 

modsmixer: Sounds like the nonsense response of someone who likes to waste their money on things of no value…

Sounds like the idiotic response of an uneducated twat. Put that with the fact you buy video games, you are basically no better than anyone else who purchases “worthless” virtual items.

 

aetherfox:
modsmixer,

If that’s the position you take then theoretically everything has no value on this earth as you can’t take it with you beyond the grave… it just depends on where you draw the line in defining value.

Something that is virtual can have value it has a purpose e.g:
*Software as a tool for a purpose.
*Computer Games, movies and music downloads as entertainment.
*Virtual currency or paid unlocks to improve an in-game experience.

Something of pretty much no value is something like a pair of barely distinguishable gloves for a DOTA 2 character that doesn’t give the player any kind of edge in the game.

To me buying an in-game vanity item is like going into a shop in real life and buying an expensive shirt and being told you are only allowed wear that shirt whenever you’re inside that shop.

And Matty, don’t be so immature. I am pretty sure that I’m at-least as educated, but quite likely more educated than you are. I have studied software engineering and quite knowledgeable on different methods of raising revenue in the industry.

 

matty: The people who won the TF2 content challenge made over 60k in less than a year of it being put into the store.

It’s a great thing if you are a 3D artist, it can really get your foot in the door.

Hehe, If I was making 60k in a year I’d consider more than just my foot inside the proverbial door :)

modsmixer:

To me buying an in-game vanity item is like going into a shop in real life and buying an expensive shirt and being told you are only allowed wear that shirt whenever you’re inside that shop.

What if you spend ~4 hours a day in said store? After 8 hours at work, 8 at sleep, well that’s half my time I could wear the shirt anyway.

I don’t really play any games with the option, but I think if I played a MMO I would want to make my character as unique as I could. I remember playing some f2p at a lan and it was so odd seeng 100 of myself carbon copied all over the place.

 

modsmixer:
And Matty, don’t be so immature. I am pretty sure that I’m at-least as educated, but quite likely more educated than you are.

Oh I’m sorry, how inconsiderate of me. It’s just when you say stuff like this:

modsmixer:
To me it seems like one of the stupidest things in the world to spend real money on in-game items

modsmixer:
people spending $100 on 1 gun in CS:GO just makes me wonder what motivates such levels of stupidity.

modsmixer: Sounds like the nonsense response of someone who likes to waste their money on things of no value…

modsmixer:
To me buying an in-game vanity item is like going into a shop in real life and buying an expensive shirt and being told you are only allowed wear that shirt whenever you’re inside that shop.

It makes you sound like an uneducated idiot.

 

Matty.

The only one who has conducted themselves as an “uneducated idiot” is you. Your attitude and attacking responses to the points I am trying to make have been rather immature from the start.

You seem like the person who would block their ears and repeatedly yell out ‘you are wrong!, you are dumb!’ when someone is making a valid point that you can’t accept. You have not made a single valid point to counter any of ones I have made, just immature responses and attacks.

And quoting everything I say and labeling it all as sounding ‘uneducated’ is a pathetic and immature move.

So stop the bullshit you keyboard warrior. This issue is over….

 

modsmixer:
Matty.

The only one who has conducted themselves as an “uneducated idiot” is you. Your attitude and attacking responses to the points I am trying to make have been rather immature from the start.

You seem like the person who would block their ears and repeatedly yell out ‘you are wrong!, you are dumb!’when someone is making a valid point that you can’t accept. You have not made a single valid point to counter any of ones I have made, just immature responses and attacks.

And quoting everything I say and labeling it all as sounding ‘uneducated’ is a pathetic and immature move.

So stop the bullshit you keyboard warrior. This issue is over….

Yeah, it’s kinda not. As stated by everyone here value is subjective, I didn’t feel the need to explain this to you because

A) pretty much everyone here has told you,

and B) I didn’t realise I needed to explain to you that value is subjective. An incredibly simple concept.

So if you missed my point in the previous posts I will walk you through it.
Value (stick with me here), is subjective. When you think something is worth some level of monetary value, these feelings are personal (ie, you feel them). Now claiming people are “levels of stupid” because someone else’s concept of value doesn’t match your own, well that is pretty much the highest form of ignorance.

So yeah, if you want someone to treat you like a person perhaps don’t make your first comment one that pretty much singles out and attacks every person who doesn’t think like you. So on that note I implore you to take YOUR immature attitude (which can be seen in my post above if you need a summary) out for a nice steak dinner, of which then you can take it back to your place, shove it up your ass and give yourself a vigorous fucking with it.

 

I would like to point out that “money” itself has no real value.. its just peices of plastic or very cheep metals with pretty colours and some faces on them…
Yet you value those don’t you ?
How about the money in your bank.. you value it don’t you ? Probably be upset if it vanished…
Its only ones and zeroes just like a virtual hat..

A fashion designers hat ? those brand name shoes ? an iphone ? none of them are “worth” what you pay… unless YOU think they are worth what you paid.
Some people like their character to look different in a game.. and that is worth money to them.. well good for them.

Me .. I wouldn’t pay for a virtual hat.. but then I also wouldn’t pay for an iphone or brand name shoes or a fashion designers hat either.. Because I don’t consider them worth the price.

A good game, even a subscription based one…. an acceptable to average meal out with the wife.. A good set of tyres for the car instead of the basic ones… those are worth something to me they might not be to you…

 

bluefire:
I would like to point out that “money” itself has no real value.. its just peices of plastic or very cheep metals with pretty colours and some faces on them…
Yet you value those don’t you ?
How about the money in your bank.. you value it don’t you ? Probably be upset if it vanished…
Its only ones and zeroes just like a virtual hat..

This is also a good point.

 
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