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
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.