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Owner Black Tree Gaming Ltd.
Created by Robin Scott
Launched September 2007; 7 years ago (2007-09)[1]
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Increase3,588 (Global, July 2014)

Nexus Mods is a gaming fan site which allows users to upload their own created content, termed modifications or mods, for various games. Nexus Mods requires users to register before uploading any files or downloading files over a certain file-size limit. It is one of the largest gaming modification websites on the web, with over 971 million downloads since its initial launch, and a member count of more than 8 million registered users.[2] It is highly noted for its support of the game The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and is often regarded as the largest website supporting modifications for games in The Elder Scrolls series of games, with sites like PC Gamer and Kotaku referencing Nexus in multiple articles regarding modifications for The Elder Scrolls series.[3][4] Mods hosted on the side can change games in a number of ways, from adding a first-person perspective[5] to adding fully developed worldspaces with voice-acted quests.[6]


Nexus Mods was initially founded by Robin Scott and a friend in August 2001 as a fan site for the Bethesda Softworks game The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind under the name of Morrowind Chronicles.[1] After the success of Morrowind Chronicles, Scott and the friend he was working alongside founded a company by the name of GamingSource and created the website TESSource, which allowed users to upload their modifications and content for games in The Elder Scrolls video game series. Scott soon became tired with the revenue of the websites being split when he was operating the websites by himself, and made the decision to break away from TESSource in 2007 and founded his own website under the name of TESNexus. Scott made use of the TESSource website with his new venture, and had large success again. This success has resulted in a further 22 websites being launched under the Nexus brand.[7] Scott has indicated that the Nexus sites will remain free of corporate investment in the foreseeable future.[8]


The website gives users the ability to:

  • Upload files to their modification's webpage
  • Create and display an information page about their modification
  • Upload images of their modification
  • Comment on file pages
  • Browse categories to find modifications for their games
  • Search for a specific modification for their games

Website Structure[edit]

The Nexus Mods network supports 153 games as of January 2015, and features a single forum and a wiki for site and mod-related topics.[9] The main Nexus Mods web page lists the various games for which mods are available, along with the number of files, authors and downloads.

As of January 2015, games with the most mods hosted are:

Recently, the Nexus Mods site expanded to serve as a host for mod files for any modifiable PC game including Mass Effect and Minecraft. User accounts integrate across all of the available sites, meaning a user only needs one account to make use of all of the Nexus websites. Each account and file page is also integrated with the Nexus Forums.

Nexus Mod Manager[edit]

Nexus Mod Manager (NMM) is an open-source program associated with Nexus Mods [10] available for the Microsoft Windows platform that automates the download and installation of mods for 17 games as of January 2015, including The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Fallout 3.[11] Advantages of using NMM over manual mod installation include easy organization, installation, and uninstallation of mods. According to the Nexus site, NMM "integrates with the Nexus sites to provide you with a fast, efficient, and much less hassled modding experience."[12]


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