Curse $15,000 Skyrim Modding Challenge!

Introducing the Curse $15,000 Skyrim Challenge!

Love the Elder Scrolls series and can’t wait for Skyrim?  We do and we’re looking for mod authors to help us in making creative, useful, and imaginative mods to play with after the game launches!  With the new, unleash your creativity with loads of development tools meant to streamline your mod-sharing process.

The first 35 uploaded Skyrim mods that meet our approval guidelines in each of the four main categories, will earn some phat loot to line the pockets of their authors!

Mods must be uploaded to by December 15th, and meet all criteria established by Curse moderators.

The categories and money rewards are as follows:

That’s a total of 140 mods that can potentially earn some cash!  Want to enter more than one mod?  No problem!

But wait...We’re also going to give an additional $3,000 to the author who creates the best mod, uploaded between now and December 15th, and voted the winner by Curse staff!

On December 17th, we’ll announce the grand prize winner and highlight their mod to the community as a thanks for all their hard work and dedication!

For full challenge terms of service, visit this link.

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  • Avatar of Sephiex Sephiex Nov 11, 2011 at 19:47 UTC - 0 likes

    Wow, I never thought there'd be so many people complaining about a contest that Curse doesn't even have to hold. I think it's very good to give some kind of compensation to modders for their work...because there's a lot of it.

    I for one appreciate this opportunity. I probably wouldn't have even considered modding Skyrim myself without this contest.

  • Avatar of Izelia Izelia Nov 11, 2011 at 19:12 UTC - 0 likes

    @Darklupine: Go The thing is that we've been saying we do understand that! And that we are looking to change the ending date! In fact, keep an eye out for information on that today.


    Also known as Amira - Content Manager @ Curse! :)
  • Avatar of Darklupine Darklupine Nov 11, 2011 at 19:06 UTC - 0 likes

    I would think people at Curse would have a better understanding of modding than that. They're giving one month max to create and release these mods. Skyrim is brand new, and people haven't had the time to learn the ins and outs of how modding is even done for that game. And their standards for the mods are extremely high as well. Do they really not have any idea how long it takes to create a new quest, or region, or armor mesh+texture, or pretty much anything on that list? Many people would be pulling it close to the deadline releasing any of those things even for Oblivion, which people have been modding for years.

    And then you have to consider the fact that people have not even had a chance to actually play the game yet, and have no idea what is even in need of modding, or how they should go about doing it.

    And all of that isn't even taking into consideration the fact that the modding tools are not out for Skyrim, and easily won't be for a month or two after release.

    I predict this contest going very poorly.

    Last edited Nov 11, 2011 by Darklupine
  • Avatar of Acenth Acenth Nov 11, 2011 at 18:05 UTC - 0 likes


    Like Izelia said - We are totally open to extending the deadline. Don't read too much into the actual date.

    All we're trying to do is encourage fresh, new ideas for this awesome, new game.

    Curse has been involved with the modding communities for years now and every year we come up with new ways to reward authors for all the hard work you guys do. In fact, we've given over $500,000 to addon authors so far.

    As far as not doing this same contest for other communities, this is something that we just came up with and want to try with Skyrim, at least for now.

    tl;dr - We love authors.

    Software Engineer, Curse Client

    Last edited Nov 11, 2011 by Acenth

    Lead Developer, Curse Client

  • Avatar of ProzaicMuze ProzaicMuze Nov 11, 2011 at 17:46 UTC - 0 likes

    Yeah, I was gonna say. . . this is more of a slap in the face to us than encouragement.

    SC2 wasn't met with the same sense of enthusiasm that this is being met with. The monetary incentive actually stands to hurt our community here because you're rewarding Skyrim mods while no such reward is being offered to us here. If people begin leaving the Mapster community in order to create mods for this reward program, both communities will suffer. The mods created for Skyrim won't be made from a place of passion but a sense of greed. If you rewarded top modders sometime AFTER the community was established the mods being created would be more worthwhile for the player.

    I strongly recommend you create a similar program for SC2 given that when HOTS comes out the editor is getting a MASSIVE boost in power. Especially when you consider the inclusion of the art tools.

    I have some 100mods for Morrowind/Oblivion and one thing I can say for certain is that the mods I actually WANTED to use took 2-4months to complete while the best ones (Like OOO and it's contemporaries) took over a year.

    This time frame is going to create a plethora of shoddy mods.

  • Avatar of Keyeszx Keyeszx Nov 11, 2011 at 17:39 UTC - 0 likes

    So if we just release a really good mod we'll get something worth our while? That's horrible. A competition every once in a while is nice but if there's a chance to get something every time then it's just plain stupid as it will generate a lot of useless mods trying to get whatever prize taking away from the beauty of modding. I'd rather post on skyrimnexus a mod if I make one, I don't get why they don't use tesnexus still.

  • Avatar of Bibendus Bibendus Nov 11, 2011 at 17:34 UTC - 0 likes

    And why there is nothing for a starcraft 2 mod challange? :(

  • Avatar of Izelia Izelia Nov 11, 2011 at 13:36 UTC - 0 likes

    Hi guys!

    I want to let you know that we are very open to extending the deadline if need be. We will especially be taking into consideration the amount of time it takes for Bethsoft to release the modding tools. In a week, we will take a look at the situation and re-evaluate the deadline.

    Even if you don't make the deadline, however, we will begin an extensive author rewards program in the coming months that will give regular rewards to successful modders, so really in the end, that in itself will almost be an extension of the contest!

    @ Ilithyia: Y'know, you're right! That announcement is confusing. I will see if the folks over there will amend it. Thanks!

    Last edited Nov 11, 2011 by Izelia: Done! The post on MMO-C has been edited to be more accurate. Thank you again!
  • Avatar of Ilithyia Ilithyia Nov 11, 2011 at 09:25 UTC - 0 likes


    The $3,000 are not part of the challenge as advertised in the money listing, so it can't count towards the 15k. If they say 15k and list the price money, it has to be 15k in that listing or they are lying, which I wouldn't expect from someone as big as curse.

    For example, go to mmo-champion and there you see no indication of the 3k. So coming from there you feel more or less cheated.

    Last edited Nov 11, 2011 by Ilithyia
  • Avatar of Blodaks Blodaks Nov 11, 2011 at 09:11 UTC - 0 likes

    @Ilithyia: Go

    i count a total of 16,000


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