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Valve hires Plants vs. Zombies developers

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Valve has hired two former PopCap employees who were part of the team behind Plants vs. Zombies, according to Shacknews. Star Filled Studios co-founders Tod Semple and Jeff Gates, both of whom also worked on Diablo III at Blizzard, were laid off from PopCap in August.

Previous reports, including a quote from Valve co-founder Gabe Newell, indicated Semple and Gates would would form a Valve subsidiary in the San Francisco Bay Area. However, Valve's Doug Lombardi has since clarified that "this is probably better categorized as Valve hiring two new employees instead of an acquisition of a company or opening of a Valve SF office."

The last company Valve acquired was Turtle Rock Studios, which brought in Left 4 Dead before reopening as an independent operation in 2009.

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  • jackthemenace - December 16, 2012 9:22 a.m.

    There is not a single thing here that I don't like the sound of. Valve? Good. Plants Vs. Zombies? Good. Put 'em both together? WOOHOO! Looking forard to Whatever Valve comes out with next, especially if it's a new franchise, rather than a sequel. Because A) There's never gonna be another sequel to any of their games, and B) Who actually WANTS HL3 anyway?
  • FoxdenRacing - December 17, 2012 10:53 a.m.

    Naw, it'll be a sequel. Hats vs Zombies.
  • sandplasma - December 16, 2012 8:53 a.m.

    Valve knows what its doing. It sees talen and obtains it. This is why its such a good company. By the way you wrote "would would" instead of "would work" lol proofread!

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