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Valve wants to sell PC mods on Xbox Live

User-created content could be sold on Marketplace

Valve has told us that it would like to be able to distribute user-created mods for the Xbox version of Left 4 Dead 2, and pass the money back to their creators.

Talking to OXM for our cover feature in issue 50, Valve staffers said the company would like to take campaigns made using the free authoring tools for the PC version, and port them to Xbox 360.

It wouldn't be able to give them away because "Xbox Live isn't set up like that," so it's considering distributing content and passing the money back to the creators.

"One of the things I'm thinking about is how we work within that [Xbox Live] system," said Valve's Yasser Mailaka, "and one of the things I'd like to do is to allow these modules that are being released on PC to somehow integrate with Microsoft's system."

"We'll have to filter them, we can't allow any copyrighted materials, so it's going to have to go through a process. But we're hoping perhaps we can shepherd the really popular campaigns onto 360. And you know, if they are a paid system, perhaps that could go back to the authors. I think that would be a great story."

We think it's a great idea, if they can find a way to do it - mod-makers get a few quid for their trouble, and we get more content for the game. What do you think? Would you buy user mods on Xbox Live?