Valve lays off multiple employees, report says

UPDATE 2: Valve boss Gabe Newell has responded to reports of significant layoffs at the company by attempting to assure fans that any personnel changes haven’t affected its current projects.

UPDATE: Develop reports that Valve's director of business Jason Holtman has left the company, corroborated by his new absence from its employees page. The original story follows.

Valve has laid off multiple employees as part of "large decisions" around the office, Gamasutra reports. The home of Steam and Half-Life allegedly terminated employees from multiple divisions, including its hardware and Android development departments.

Gamasutra said 25 employees may have been eliminated, though it was unable to confirm this number. The anonymous employees indicated the layoffs were a result of company-wide challenges rather than individual problems.

Hardware engineer Jeri Ellsworth, who was working on new control interfaces to go along with the Steam Box, tweeted yesterday that she was fired.

The future has otherwise seemed bright for the private company, which plans to begin producing its own gaming hardware and partner up with filmmaker J.J. Abrams. We've reached out to Valve for verification and comment on the report, and will update this story with any further information.


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  • Bloodstorm - February 13, 2013 2:55 p.m.

    25 employees isn't a big number.
  • RebornKusabi - February 13, 2013 2:48 p.m.

    I'm not a doom and gloom person, nominally, but I feel that, sorry everybody, but maybe they should go back to making games instead of relying on their digital distribution service. Actually, the thought just occurred to me... Maybe this is the first wave in their task of making themselves a retail company wholly funded and supported by their Steam service. They're not making anymore games or any IPs of their own, only publishing games for other companies on their marketplace.
  • Bloodstorm - February 13, 2013 2:54 p.m.

    25 employees may just mean that they have abandoned certain side projects that were going nowhere.
  • talleyXIV - February 13, 2013 1:54 p.m.

  • ddg4005 - February 13, 2013 12:40 p.m.

    Maybe it's something, maybe it's nothing but Valve needs to get back to what it does best: making good games. That said, I've thought that if Valve every did sell themselves-however remote that possibility may be-that they'd sell to Microsoft. And just for record I am in no way stating that this will happen or that I want it to.
  • slimjim441 - February 13, 2013 11:43 a.m.

    Maybe they should have tried making games instead of sitting on their asses, updating TF2 and making more versions of C-S.
  • StrayGator - February 13, 2013 11:33 a.m.

    Is this the first hint of Valve's downfall? I'm genuinely scared.

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