Valve has (at least temporarily) removed all paid Skyrim mods from Steam in conjunction with Bethesda, and will issue refunds to anyone who purchased a Skyrim mod since Valve updated Steam last week to allow Skyrim modders to charge real money for their work.
"It's clear we didn't understand exactly what we were doing," explains Valve employee Alden Kroll. "We underestimated the differences between our previously successful revenue sharing models, and the addition of paid mods to Skyrim's workshop."
Kroll claims Valve has a "dump truck of feedback" to mull over, and it's yet unclear if the company will attempt to reintroduce paid mods to Steam in the foreseeable future. Gamasutra has reached out to Valve for further comment.