Thanks for trying.
About paradox and steam, I think what's behind it is more ocmplicated as more dangerous.
From the vast number of mods and modders there, steam seems to have hit the right thing when opening the "workshop". People are willing to make mods which run ONLY at a play-to-pay-service without getting any pay or wage. This directly helps the monopolizing strategy of steam. Besides protection from trolls, probably also the reason why you can't post in a steam forum before you haven't spent at least 5 EUR. Don't allow any other platform, reseller next to you, don't cooperate but only exterminate.
What's surprising: Ususlly mods would be the primary concern and field of the game programers who usually don't like it. So steam offers workshop, forum and interfaces to install/sub a mod... and paradox seems to think this a good deal instead of: "Hey, we are making ourselves dependent on one single game distributor, is this wise?"
But it seems the time and age for it, may it be google, amazon, microsoft, steam or whatever, establishing a monopoly as the business strategy is back again: Welcome to the 21st century, greetings to the 19th and Marx (I always found it a bit ridiculous when Marx insisted that companies left alone strive and fight for monoploy).