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Valve Layoffs: Several (25?) cut as Valve makes 'large decisions' about its future

Kifimbo

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Several employees were let go from Steam and Half-Life maker Valve on Tuesday, Gamasutra can confirm.

We've been unable to determine an exact headcount, but phrases we've heard from affected employees describing the incident include "great cleansing" and "large decisions." We've seen the number "25" tossed around, but are unable to confirm this.

We can, however, confirm that the cuts have affected more than one department, namely hardware and Android development.

Affected employees were asked not to speak about specifics, but the impression we get is that these cuts were driven more by company challenges than by individual performance issues.

Valve has not responded to our requests for clarification. This story will be updated as we learn more about what happened.

http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/...e_decisions_about_its_future.php#.URvSYGdFAbs
 

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http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/...lve_makes_large_decisions_about_its_future.ph

Half-Life maker Valve on Tuesday, Gamasutra can confirm.

We've been unable to determine an exact headcount, but phrases we've heard from affected employees describing the incident include "great cleansing" and "large decisions." We've seen the number "25" tossed around, but are unable to confirm this.

We can, however, confirm that the cuts have affected more than one department, namely hardware and Android development.

Affected employees were asked not to speak about specifics, but the impression we get is that these cuts were driven more by company challenges than by individual performance issues.

Valve has not responded to our requests for clarification. This story will be updated as we learn more about what happened.
 

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Aquamarine

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the impression we get is that these cuts were driven more by company challenges than by individual performance issues.

I wonder if this is fueled by a change in Valve's internal game development strategies.
 

Ushojax

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Farewell Steambox, we hardly knew ye.
 

Mr Nash

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Well, I guess with Half Life 3 production finally done they just don't need quite so many bodies there at the moment. Right guys?!
 

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Trouble in paradise for sure. Extremely unfortunate for everyone let go, hoping the best for them especially as it wasn't for "performance" reasons. I wish Valve would man up a bit and talk about the situation though. The fact that they barely discuss anything is maddening.
 

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All the recent talks I've heard from Gabe indicate that they have been seriously considering company efficencies.
 
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I really do not get this this I thought that Valve was the most stable place to work in the entire US work flow?
They do not over hire and have enough money to keep everyone on the payroll so what gives..................
 

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my thinking is that valve put some resources behind valvebox/android development gabe saw its lack of progress saw how much it was costing them and maybe didnt like the direction it was going and rather than letting this go on for years he smartly cut this off now maybe to focus more on its core market.
 

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my thinking is that valve put some resources behind valvebox/android development gabe saw its lack of progress saw how much it was costing them and maybe didnt like the direction it was going and rather than letting this go on for years he smartly cut this off now maybe to focus more on its core market.

thats my impression from this too
 

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We'll likely never going to know what went down, or at least not for a while. I doubt it was a product that's been specifically been mentioned as being developed. The linux steam box is still probably coming. This could mean they're just going with the outsourced method for steam boxes in the future, though, and not have their own model after the first.

If I were to throw out some crazy, uninformed speculation, perhaps Valve was developing an android phone and ended up canceling it. A "gaming" phone is definitely something I could see Valve at least looking at.
 

Beaulieu

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but but but.... gaf taught me that valve is the perfect company, that it bypasses all economy logics and that nothing bad can happen there :(

who woulve tought
 

Lunar15

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Happens. I'm sure these people are talented enough to find work elsewhere, best of luck to them.

Not riding the "everything valve does is awesome" train, I just think it's silly when people get too upset about layoffs. They're not wonderful for the people who receive them (I can tell you that), but they're sometimes necessary and part of a growing, changing business. Layoffs don't always mean something went wrong at the company.
 

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Good. Sorry but good. Valve needed to make some decisions and changes.
Hopefully they refocus around Steam and getting more releases in; if their worried about PC going the way of the Dodo then they need to set up protections for themselves by you know...releasing more games.

Though I wonder if a tech company is now backing Steam for a console.
I don't mind this as its clear Valve don't have the means to do it internally and it was foolish to put so much time and energy into it.

Hopefully they find reemployment, sounds very sudden.

waaaaaaaaaa I thought valve was ROLLING in it

Valve have a lot of costs to deal with. They only get a slice of everyone elses revenues. Digital is not a free service to run, it can be quite expensive.
 

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Over the past two years Valve has been rumored to be involved in hardware manufacturing (steambox), android development, creating new input devices including those based on eye movements, expansion of steam and drivers to linux, and more. It sounds like Gabe is reigning in some of this crazy to bring the company back into focus a bit. They have plenty of games to make (Dota 2 is still not out officially) and Steam still needs a tremendous amount of attention and expansion to keep up with rumored next-gen insanity.
 

Tobor

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You guys are really jumping to conclusions here. We don't know how many projects Valve had going, and which ones are effected.
 

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I'm guessing a refocus away from hardware and back on software when they realized how lucrative (or rather, not) the former endeavor was.