I am not yet used to come regularly on this forum. So I just saw the post on the SCS forum. Sorry
I can understand that SCS assimilates the donated versions of Grand Utopia to the sale of mods. Personally, it is not in this sense that the exclusive versions were set up. The goal was to thank the people who actively supported the project by giving them a foretaste of future updates.
What disappointed me a bit from SCS is the way it was done. I know no one is supposed to ignore the law, but a warning would have been welcome before making the decision to ban me from the forum. After that is just my point of view.
Today, while I understand the actions of the SCS forum moderators who simply applied the regulation, I hesitate to go back to their forum. I love their games, I love to create my mod but for the first time I'm a little disappointed. The fact of not having had any answer from them to my email following the ban leaves me a little perplexed. I do not know what to think about all this.
I'm not the kind of person who creates mods in order to make money from them. For me, it's just a way to make up for the two thousand hours I've already spent on this project.
And as someone said, I also think mods help promote their game. For example, I'm sure one player has already bought one of their DLCs just to be able to play Grand Utopia. But that's another debate that doesn't just affect mods and game publishers. It's the whole mentality of the gaming world that needs to be challenged.