Edge names Valve developer of the year

Our sister publication Edge has named the winner of its first-ever developer awards, and--if you do much PC gaming--chances are it's one of your favorites, too. Out of 50 studios ranked for both technical and creative merit demonstrated over recent years, Valve took the cake.

“Valve is named our number one because it is driving the future like no other developer," Edge editor Alex Wiltshire said. "It’s in control of its destiny, it empowers its fans, and it’s continually experimenting with new ways of selling games and ways to play with them. And all the while, the quality and ambition of its games are second to none.”

Valve is keeping good company, having edged out Minecraft developer Mojang at No. 2 and Nintendo EAD at No. 3. Check out Edge's 250th issue, available on newsstands and online today, for the rest of the list and more.


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  • UltimateLemon - January 18, 2013 5:28 a.m.

    Well they were great developers but not for last year.
  • CUFCfan616 - January 18, 2013 1:38 a.m.

    so Valve didn't release anything major and the second placed Mojang released one game last year that was for a charity event? I picked up a copy of Edge once. I read it once. I thought it was money wasted back then, judging by this I won't be picking up a second copy any time soon
  • Rub3z - January 17, 2013 2:47 p.m.

    Valve is always developing games. They just don't spam releases year after year like all the other (lesser) developers, and that's why their games are pretty much always at the apex of quality. I mean, look at Rockstar Games. They don't release a new game every year. The time between new releases in their franchises is substantial... and for good reason. It's the same for Blizzard Entertainment. Valve deserves the inaugural best developer award for good reason. As the inaugural award holder, it wasn't entirely about what they just released this year, but what they've done as developers as a whole for the industry. And to say that that is a lot is an understatement.
  • slimjim441 - January 17, 2013 1 p.m.

    Valve used to be my favorite developer of all time, then they stopped making games, like... 6 years ago...
  • ultimatepunchrod - January 17, 2013 11:31 a.m.

    Did they put out a game last year?
  • doominatorx6 - January 17, 2013 9:42 a.m.

    Valve still develops games? If not for Steam I'd swear they wouldn't be around anymore.
  • doominatorx6 - January 17, 2013 9:42 a.m.

    Valve still develops games? If not for Steam I'd swear they wouldn't be around anymore.
  • Darkhawk - January 17, 2013 9:12 a.m.

    What a misleading title. "Developer of the Year'" for releasing Counter-Strike: Global Offensive? Please fix.

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