I have been wondering if Bethsoft's legal policies allow third party developers to sell their mods to the general public. As a professional software developer, I'd be tempted to start developing mods if I could make money, since I love the game so much.
You should contact Bethesda, because it may be possible. Look what happened with Day of Defeat.
I doubt it. You'd need to first work out a contract with Bethesda and 2K Games. And after all that it wouldn't be a mod, it'd be either a plugin or extra content.
glory77You should contact Bethesda, because it may be possible. Look what happened with Day of Defeat.
Day Of Defeat is a different scenario entirely to a modder selling their mods.
The situation with Day Of Defeat is that the developer of the original software the mod was based on took a liking towards (i.e. saw potential for more profit-milking in) the concept, and purchased all rights and intellectual property associated with the mod before subsequently creating a commercial game based on that intellectual property.
The purchase which occured there was not the mod, but rather the intellectual property.
In order to profit from game mods, the first thing you'd need is a commercial exploitation license for the game engine itself, since one way or the other components of it will be used either in or by your mods. Then you'd need to comb over your mods to ensure that they did not contain anything which may infringe on any copyrights, intellectual properties, patents, or any such things. You'd also have to ensure that the mod was 100% your own content and did not use so much as a pixel of anything you did not create entirely from scratch by yourself.
Bottom line is, by the time you were done with all the red tape, it simply would not be worth it.
That's quite a mouthful, though, which is why it usually gets shortened to just "no".
I don't know how, and I don't know why, but this is totally Sheep's fault.
I am inclined to agree. If it were financially worthwhile to develop and sell mods, there would already be scads of people/companies embracing this business model.
I did inquire with Bethesda and pointed them to this thread. We'll see if they have anything to say.
It depends if the mod itself is up to par with Oblivion itself. If it isn't I don't see any way Bethesda would even consider endorsing it.
9th September 2007
I seriously doubt it, I've never seen a mod that has been sold.
"I'd shush her zephyr." ~ Zephyr.
Here's Bethesda's official reply. Warning: it is very verbose. Those with carpel tunnel should be careful not to injure their finger spinning the mouse wheel. :)
No, that's not allowed. Mods can only be shared online if they're free.
Thank you for your interest.
Well, that's a clear and direct answer. At least they ended it with a "Thank you for your interest".