The Steam digital distribution client was originally setup to provide a huge scope of indie and mainstream PC games to a huge audience. As time progressed, Valve decided to implement music functionality, attempted to introduce paid mods, and even released the odd film about video gaming. Their latest move revolves around a new Software Tutorials section which contains instructional videos to produce creative content. This can range from 3D models to other areas but the selection is quite small at this time.
Each tutorial offers a number of videos and utilizes a fairly wide price range. The most expensive video series I’ve seen retails for £11.99. Unfortunately, the content is locked to Steam and you can only stream the videos. This can be problematic if your internet goes down or you want to rip the audio to listen to on the go. On another note, there are options to purchase the software package with video tutorials, but this is quite an expensive proposition.
The other aspect to take into considering is the huge amount of free tutorials available on YouTube. I’m not entirely convinced by the number of people who are willing to pay for videos up front. On YouTube, payment is usually made through a Patreon account if the video ends up being helpful. Although, the amount of people sending donations is very niche.
Would you pay for an instructional video?