Now that Skyrim mods are partially not free, what happens to mods that have chosen to transition from the previously (and only) price of 'free' to '[insert any value that's not 'Free']', what happens to those mods that I'm subscribed to?

So far, I've noticed that all the addons I've subscribed to disappeared (as in: Subscription gone).
And deducing that all the mods I've gotten in the years went from free to paid... The list went from like 50 to 3... All of them lockpick mods.

Do I lose subscription and in turn, Steam deletes them all?
Do I get to keep them but in order to get updates (or a redownload) I have to "buy" to subscribe to it^?
Or do I automatically stay subscribed?

^ I'm only referring to mods that have transistioned from 'free' (the previous and only option) to 'paid'.


Great news everyone. Everything's now free again!
Check the workshop if you don't believe (or see this announcement for more information)


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I'm not sure what you mean by "Steam deletes them all". If you previously had a mod that was free and is now paid, you will become Unsubscribed to that mod. Unsubscribing to a mod essentially deletes the mod and all of the files pertaining to it.

You have to buy all mods that aren't free (obviously), so in order to keep the files and your subscriptions you have to go find all of the ones that you were subscribed to and purchase them.

You will not automatically stay subscribed to mods that you have not purchased. There is no such thing as "Subscribed, but not installed."

The above answer is true for the Steam Workshop. I highly recommend Nexus Mod Manager for anyone wanting to get away from this catastrophe.

UPDATE: Valve has listened to the feedback of the people and no longer allows paid mods on the Steam Workshop. You can no longer lose your subscriptions because a mod has converted to paid from free. I still recommend the Nexus Mod Manager over the Steam Workshop.

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    Good answer. I'd give a 2nd upvote just for the Nexus Mod Manager suggestion. I switched over when the Unofficial Skyrim Patch (a necessity in my mind) got too big for Steam to handle.
    – tjd
    Apr 27, 2015 at 13:14
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    @tjd Thanks! I absolutely love the team over there at Nexus. All the mods, the manager, the multitude of games, the automatic updates...all of it. They are doing a wonderful job.
    – FoxMcCloud
    Apr 27, 2015 at 13:15
  • @aytimothy It's actually really easy. If you have any questions just let me know and I'll help you out. They have a really great forum over there and I've met a lot of nice people through their site. Enjoy!
    – FoxMcCloud
    Apr 27, 2015 at 13:21

This issue is currently moot (as of 2015-04-27). According to Valve:

Removing Payment Feature From Skyrim Workshop

We're going to remove the payment feature from the Skyrim workshop. For anyone who spent money on a mod, we'll be refunding you the complete amount. We talked to the team at Bethesda and they agree.

Removing Payment Feature From Skyrim Workshop | Steam Workshop group announcement
Paid Mods in Steam Workshop | Reddit /r/Games

  • The actual refund goes into your Steam Wallet rather than back into the account the money originally came from, which has annoyed a fair number of people by the sounds of it.
    – JonK
    Apr 29, 2015 at 9:16

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