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Valve Wants to Start Making Games Again, Says Gabe Newell

Valve Wants to Start Making Games Again, Says Gabe Newell

Valve held a presentation for its upcoming DOTA 2 card game spin-off Artifact yesterday, but the biggest news to come out of the conference was that Valve is getting back into the business of shipping games. But speaking at a press event attended by PC Gamer this week, bigwig Gabe Newell has hinted that more is on the way. "That's sort of good news!"

The announcement was made during a presentation for Artifact, where Gabe Newell said the reason that Valve had focused so long on Steam development and creating hardware solutions like the Steam controller and HTC Vive headset, was because it wanted to make an "investment in the future". He said his investments into Vive were an effort to "offset" the impact of Microsoft and Facebook looking into OS and VR concepts that the company considered less open. The marketplace generates a lot of revenue even when the company does nothing, so producing games isn't all that commercially viable compared to simply sitting back and watching the money roll in. Five years ago, we didn't have electrical engineers and people who know how to do robots. The game became memetic immediately mainly for the crowd-spanning groan of disappointment that came after the reveal, but we have Valve making games again. Now there's pretty much no project in the hardware space that we wouldn't be comfortable taking on.

Newell noted that the move was influenced by Nintendo's ability to work on hardware and new games.

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About 6.5 million schoolchildren took part in voting among three short-listed designs with their classes casting a single vote. The mascots will be featured at various events and on products related to the games.


"We've always been a little bit jealous of companies like Nintendo", he added. We can design chips if we need to, we can do industrial design, and so on.

It should also be pointed out that there's now a Half-Life crossover with Final Fantasy XV in the form of a special outfit if you got the Windows Edition of the game through Steam. "He can introduce new capabilities like motion input because he controls both of those things".

Valve isn't done with hardware though, but now it'll go "hand-in-hand with software design", meaning you should really keep an eye on what Valve is up to in the coming months.


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