Quote from BasharTeg: Go
Game publishers stop supporting games and screw things up with updates all the time. Have you stopped buying retail games?
I agree, this fellow is in the audience-I-tend-to-dislike-intensely. Hate is such a strong word. You are in no way entitled to free content. I will probably charge a small amount of money for my maps because I spend so much time making them. If people actually support map makers by purchasing their content, there will be a real incentive to make the content worth purchasing. It's simple economics.
Right now I make maps for fun. And to boost my ego (or ruin it, lol.) But fun and ego don't put bread on the table.
But you DON'T really rely on SC2 to put bread on the table, that's a stupid idea.
For developers and modders, making money off of this is more like chump change, not a "Wham-Bam Thank You KA-CHING!". I'd expect average mapper and modders to make a few bucks and probably up to 100 bucks average on a popular sale. But it's always a smart idea to NOT let greed get the best of you and ruin your reputation because you made every single map costs money and everyone starts copying that.
At that point, the marketplace will divide into, quality 'decent' maps for a dollar, and crap maps for free or a few cents.
I think its smarter for blizzard themselves to judge the value of your maps and players will have to discuss the pricing with the publisher themselves... But then again, capitalism and greed will ensue because some publishers likes to profit as much as possible...
In short: Be wise, avoid being greedy and pissing people off because you want to charge one dollar per map 'to put bread on the table', you can achieve the same thing without pissing people off by asking them to 'donate' instead and offer the map for free, which results in a harder to gauge revenue but at least its free and people who really likes it may pay you for it (hence becomes a matter of proving your worth to the community, and not your biased feelings on how much your map is worth).
Because as I see it, SC2 mappers are NOBODY compared to game modders and developers in the indies industry and the game industry. Your roles are miniscule and you gotta understand how much you are trying to bite off the game industry. You can be the popular guy who invented dota, but still is small time unless you start making actual games (I think he was well known in the WC3 community but nowhere else at the time).
Yes you aren't entitled to freebies, but you also aren't entitled to be paid for anything.
Karma's a bitch, as what goes around comes around.