reg gaming desk to busy playing with themselves.
I'm rather shocked, that firstly you've not reported on this while it was happening and secondly that no effort had gone into detailing the almighty multi-level cluster fuck of a mistake this was.
The fact the modder only got 25%, while exploitive and underhand, is in fact rather secondary to the other issues raised.
The EULA of most games gives ownership of any User Generated Content to the publishing company, thus if a mod is sold is it the publishers responsiblity? Do the modder have any claim to their creations, if not how can they protect themselves from someone copying their work.
Further more mods are not a commercial product, the modders behind them are not in the position to ensure a reasonable life span of the product.
The refund system of 24 hours fails to account for mods conflicting further down the line.
All in all this is much bigger issue than VALVe and Zenimax getting money for other peoples work.
A system like this should never exist in a normal commercial setting, since each party will have it rights and responsibility clearly laid out. Here it was completely ignored for a fast buck.
There needs to be a serious look at how Consumer software and media is licensed, because consumers are tied to vague onesided agreements that no commercial entity would agree to.