Valve Corporation’s resorting to simply blocking discussion of paid mods, your predictions were correct. Valve does not care about its users, only money.
Remember, gentlemen. There is no such thing as ‘Valve’. It is only ‘Valve Corporation’. The actual name of the company is ‘Valve Corporation’ which is easily evident from its wikipedia page.
Gabe even went to Reddit to ‘explain’ the situation. You know he didn’t want to do that. I can’t wait until he starts telling us how many ‘hats’ Valve Corporation makes or how their desks have wheels on them.
Gamers care about only one thing: games. When companies make great games, gamers love them. When companies make bad games, gamers may not love them. But when companies do not make games, why should gamers give a damn about the company? Valve Corporation is not interested in making games. They just take mods from other games and declare them ‘new games’ which they are not. Gabe even erroneously, on Reddit, says that Icefrog made DOTA. He did not. The Warcraft 3 community made map modifications (which is what it was) like DOTA, Tower Defense, and so on. I know this because I had a hand in it.
Making games is very difficult and there is a TON of very, very boring, technical work involved. It is EASY to make a mod because a mod is not doing the actual hard work of game making. In the case of DOTA, Blizzard made the game engine. Blizzard made the art assets. Blizzard made the sound assets. Blizzard actually made the RPG RTS style that works with Warcraft 3. Blizzard made the items. Blizzard also made an editor where all this could be edited, copy and pasted, and moved around.
I cannot wait for Half Life 3 to be released. There is no way such a hyped game can succeed. I have never seen a highly hyped game ever succeed except one and only one. Valve Corporation is very dodgy in not wanting to be judged based on its original games which may be why it doesn’t make any.