http://www.develop-online.net/news/43261/Jason-Holtman-leaves-Valve
http://www.gameranx.com/updates/id/12754/article/valve-steambox-controller-engineer-jeri-ellsworth-fired/

Reports dribbling in regarding large changes in staffing at Valve, at least some of which are in the group focusing on hardware.

Anyone up for some speculation?

jdodson   Admin wrote on 02/13/2013 at 09:27pm

Hmmm, seems like some kind of shake-up for sure. Hard to say why though.

Valve is making a __HUGE__ push to hardware, so I imagine this is in some way in service of that? I don't know how, but its possible there might be more visibility on this later on. IE they might say something about it.

I hope this doesn't hold up the Steambox too much, because it needs to happen.

Travis   Admin wrote on 02/13/2013 at 10:28pm

It seems like the SteamBox is already on it's way, other hardware providers on-board and everything. I doubt at this stage that would just stop.

I do hope there's some transparency on this.

Gary_Butterfield wrote on 02/13/2013 at 11:23pm

So, as a semi professional video games podcaster, I don't actually keep up with much in the way of news about new games/new shit. What advantages does the Steam Box have over, say, a computer?

Travis   Admin wrote on 02/13/2013 at 11:35pm

Gary, essentially marketing and a prettier box to have in your living room. It's Valve focusing on the living room, sharing the space consoles normally do. You can boot up into Steam's Big Picture mode, control everything with the controller, etc. Valve's will be based on Linux, which they're banking a lot on, and hopefully this will get more Linux games in Steam. But others can/will be made by third-parties and can be based on Windows if they so desire.

jdodson   Admin wrote on 02/14/2013 at 12:18am

Want to add to what @panickedthumb said a bit.

Gabe gave a few talks recently where he talked a bit about value. It kind of goes like, "With each console generation when you upgrade to the next, eventually you have to toss away your old stuff and get new stuff." Which is true, can't get a PS3 to play your PS2 games anymore but PS1 works? Eventually the Wii U+1 won't play Wii games.

So its kind of an interesting idea. Buy a game once on Steam, play it on your PC and console. When you upgrade you don't have to toss out your games, DLC and friends.

jdodson   Admin wrote on 02/14/2013 at 01:45am

"We don't usually talk about personnel matters for a number of reasons. There seems to be an unusual amount of speculation about some recent changes here, so I thought I'd take the unusual step of addressing them. No, we aren't canceling any projects. No, we aren't changing any priorities or projects we've been discussing. No, this isn't about Steam or Linux or hardware or [insert game name here]. We're not going to discuss why anyone in particular is or isn't working here."

http://www.engadget.com/2013/02/13/valve-gabe-newell-layoffs-statement/

scrypt   Supporter wrote on 02/14/2013 at 01:46am

My speculation is that this is just spring cleaning. Valve is an interesting organization, given the dynamics of its amoebic infrastructure, but it's still a business. If reports are true, these individuals make up roughly 8% of the Valve team. Which doesn't seem crazy, to me. Some may have left voluntarily. They seem like they are in various talents, too. Feels weird to me that this is actually news.

Travis   Admin wrote on 02/14/2013 at 04:49am

Thanks for posting that Jon, that eases some of my fears. He's right though, speculation is dangerous, and only leads to fans panicking about their favorite thing going away :)

Gary_Butterfield wrote on 02/14/2013 at 05:12pm

I am a bigger fan of gaming in my computer space but I supposed it'd be nice to have the option for Isaac: Rebirth.

jdodson   Admin wrote on 02/14/2013 at 05:32pm

When I got Portal 2 for PS3 that had the Steam code for the PC version that could also play on the Mac it was magical. I want more of that, buy once, play where you like. I prefer PC but sometimes I wanna sit on the couch and shoot stuff.

Gary_Butterfield wrote on 02/14/2013 at 05:59pm

I've been couching for Demon's Souls and it's not bad but I like being closer to the screen, like I am with the PC. Also, ease of alt-tabbing and looking up shit.

jdodson   Admin wrote on 02/14/2013 at 06:02pm

Oh yeah for sure. Doing a search on a Phone on the couch ain't awesome, like I said I prefer PC for gaming. But playing Portal 2 or Halflife 2 while my wife was in the room is an epic experience. Her comments on GlaDOS or Wheatley made the game that much more memorable and a quotable for both of us in "I saw a Deer today" is a really awesome thing.

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