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  • News Polycount Pack winners average $45,000 payout, first 2 weeks

    October 21, 2010 by adam

    Gamasutra spoke with the folks at Valve and some of the contest winners about their first payout from the first 2 weeks of the Polycount Pack items – being up for sale.

    Today, Valve said that community content creators Rob Laro, Shawn Spetch, Steven Skidmore, Spencer Kern and Shaylyn Hamm took home initial royalty payments ranging from $39,000 to $47,000 each from the first round of Team Fortress 2 content creation. And these are just the checks from the first few weeks of operation

    Gamasutra

    I never knew it could be so hard to type with a grin the size of which I have right now. This. Is. FANTASTIC.

    As if you didn’t need to know the winning entries were badass enough, you – the community – were able to show it. The idea of purchasing items came as a surprise to the TF2 community when the Mann-conomy Update was released earlier this year, which included the Polycount Pack. It ended up being a huge win for everyone involved, and we at Polycount couldn’t be happier for the winners.

    38 Comments

    1. CompanionCube on October 21, 2010 at 11:39 am

      $47k!!!!


    2. Esprite on October 21, 2010 at 11:52 am

      Nice.


    3. DKK on October 21, 2010 at 11:54 am

      What? 40k each for a month of work? oh god the flood of items cometh, The boards will break, and thats just from what I plan to churn out.


    4. 55joe on October 21, 2010 at 12:05 pm

      FUCK I NEED TO GET HOME AND MAKE HATS


    5. creationtwentytwo on October 21, 2010 at 12:07 pm

      HAHAHAH I thought it meant $47,000 for a minute!

      Oh… it does.

      Definitely did not see that coming.

      Congrats to those doing so well!


    6. BrendtheCow on October 21, 2010 at 12:20 pm

      HOT DAMN!


    7. Purplepaint on October 21, 2010 at 12:43 pm

      oh my god, im just gonna become a hat maker.


    8. Firebert on October 21, 2010 at 12:47 pm

      i'm making a big floppy dangawang if this ever happens again, and it will make at least three times as much… i'll call it, The Intimidator… it will be based off of one of KP's infamous drawings, and he will receive 40% of the profit.


    9. Klumpmeister on October 21, 2010 at 1:09 pm

      Nice the community needs more things like this!


    10. killingpeople on October 21, 2010 at 1:37 pm

      Dude! That is SO FUCKING RAD!
      Big [i]props[/i] to the winners and the contest organizers!

      -kp


    11. Grey on October 21, 2010 at 2:03 pm

      Holy Hell!! So awesome and way happy for the winners! As my friend "Bumper" has said in the past. "They're so rich they can afford to wipe their asses with fresh bunny rabbits every time they dump". This is awesome news!


    12. GoSsS on October 21, 2010 at 2:28 pm

      Holy ****** !!!
      Let's be hat makers, we'll all be rich :D

      Congrats to you guys !


    13. Elbagast on October 21, 2010 at 3:17 pm

      Mother of God…


    14. Grimm_Wrecking on October 21, 2010 at 3:21 pm

      Awesome news. Congrats to the peeps who won.
      Now its time for the good beer >.> no more Milwaukee's Best for these folks no sir, time to break out the PBR. :D


    15. Ryswick on October 21, 2010 at 3:30 pm

      craaaazy


    16. Xoliul on October 21, 2010 at 4:25 pm

      Shiiit … those are insane numbers. Here I was, thinking you can never get rich off creating game-art.
      Can any of the artists mentioned confirm this ? I can barely believe it :p


    17. Snefer on October 21, 2010 at 4:28 pm

      Haha, wtf, didnt see that one coming! Big grats to you guys!


    18. Don Karnage on October 21, 2010 at 5:04 pm

      Grats :D


    19. Mental Radiation on October 21, 2010 at 5:47 pm

      WAAAAATTTTTTTTTTTTTTT


    20. ZacD on October 21, 2010 at 6:02 pm

      Did anyone here a cha-CHING?


    21. Mental Radiation on October 21, 2010 at 6:22 pm

      Just think if they did a comp like this for WoW…


    22. ZacD on October 21, 2010 at 6:48 pm

      polycount needs to do more comps like this…

      (maybe with the minecraft 100 skins)


    23. rdmlegend on October 21, 2010 at 7:01 pm

      Holy shit that's almost half my school loans, I wish i'd entered now /wrist


    24. kYo on October 21, 2010 at 10:28 pm

      thats so crazy cool!
      really happy for them and that this is even possible, i guess if a follow-up contest will be done, everyone wil quit their dayjobs and focus on this haha :D


    25. Peter H on October 22, 2010 at 6:09 am

      wow!! :D beers on you guys!! grats!


    26. Joshua Stubbles on October 22, 2010 at 6:39 am

      Wow, nuts. $40k could pay off all my debt! bwahaah.
      So is Valve going to putting all "accepted" add ons up as micro-transactions? That's pretty slick if so.


    27. Xeramon on October 22, 2010 at 10:06 am

      Wow!!! 40k in 2 Weeks!!!


    28. Progg on October 22, 2010 at 2:37 pm

      "Shiiit … those are insane numbers. Here I was, thinking you can never get rich off creating game-art.
      Can any of the artists mentioned confirm this ? I can barely believe it :p"

      Oh it's true. Spencer and I just got back from Valve. Much love to those guys for treating us like their own in Seattle. Robin, Doug, and Gabe are all great guys. (same with everyone we met at Valve)


    29. PatrickL on October 23, 2010 at 12:22 am

      I guess I'm supposed to be a part of that group that is jealous, since my item was the last to make it in before the store was implemented, but I really only have one thing to say:

      I am immensely proud to be a member of this community, and seeing the success of great artists like this only encourages me to improve my own abilities. Congrats, guys. I hope to see many more similar news updates!


    30. Xoliul on October 25, 2010 at 12:59 am

      Hah Steven, cool that you drop by :p I was already thinking you'd be cruising in the Bahamas with your new Ferrari or something :p


    31. Stertman on October 25, 2010 at 6:29 am

      omg! dont know what to say=/.. GRATS!


    32. VidGameDude on October 25, 2010 at 11:00 am

      are they gona have another contest?
      cause i'd like to try my hand at it.


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