Doug Lombardi did not leave Valve. Stop hyperventilating and go read a book.

Jan 8, 2012
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His LinkedIn profile has now been fixed:

VP of Marketing
Valve corporation
January 2000 – Present (13 years 2 months)

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Apparently he's just terrible at updating LinkedIn.

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Superannuation thinks that Doug Lombardi also left Valve this month.
Also Leslie Redd who was in charge of education outreach initiative
https://twitter.com/supererogatory/status/306078606361247744
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LinkedIn said:
Doug Lombardi

Previous: Valve corporation, Sierra Online, CNET Networks

Experience

Valve corporation
VP of Marketing
Valve corporation
January 2000 – February 2013 (13 years 2 months)
Note: For those who don't know, LinkedIn normally lists "(Start Month/Year) - Present" for those who still work at a company.

For example, Peter Molyneux: http://www.linkedin.com/profile/vie...*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1&trk=prof-sb-browse_map-name

Peter Molyneux
Founder, Creative Director
22Cans
March 2012 – Present (1 year)Guildford, United Kingdom
 
Jul 27, 2009
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That seems pretty clear actually:

Doug Lombardi's Overview

VP of Marketing
Valve corporation
Privately Held; 201-500 employees; Computer Games industry
January 2000 – February 2013 (13 years 2 months)​
 

Jackben

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As if the 'annual performance review' excuse wasn't bullshit enough, what do you call this? It's Doug Lombardi. He didn't call in sick too many times and forget to file a TPS report, this is a big deal.
 

gofreak

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Jun 8, 2004
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Was this part of the layoffs earlier, or a new departure?

Not sure why they'd let go of Doug. I mean, he seemed to be way up there in the scheme of things at Valve.
 

JaseC

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Doesn't that just mean his CV is up to date?
It should read "present" if the position is still currently being held.

Was this part of the layoffs earlier, or a new departure?

Not sure why they'd let go of Doug. I mean, he seemed to be way up there in the scheme of things at Valve.
There is only one explanation: Doug left in protest after Gabe said he's had enough of the four-odd years of silence on Episode Three/Half-Life 3.
 
Jun 7, 2004
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gaben got tired of Doug feeding when playing support in DOTA 2, kickbanned him IRL.

Thanks for the split bump, this is kind of crazy. Doug leaving makes the thing feel more like a cultural/ideological driven purge and less like casual layoffs.
 
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#43
Doesn't that just mean his CV is up to date?
assuming you are serious, Linked in Says "2/25/13 - Present" if the job is still active. It requires an unchecking of the "still employed" box to specify an end date.

And i seriously think some of you are reading way to much into this. Valve is like any other company. People quit/get laid off/get fired. Valve isn't some exception to this rule.
 

subversus

I've done nothing with my life except eat and fap
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My guess: there was a turmoil long time going but Gabe didn't want to rock the boat.

Or his methods of management don't apply to 500-person strong company and he decided to roll with more traditional management practices.
 
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Something is happening at Valve, either they are spinning off/selling a business unit. Or they are not nearly as profitable as we all think they are.