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Valve Engineer Fired

Valve has fired Jeri Ellsworth, an engineer working on their hardware ambitions, reports Ellsworth, tweeting: "Yup. Got fired today. Time for new exciting projects." In September she told Engadget her team was working on Steam's assault on the living room, and spoke of their hopes of getting prototype Steam hardware into gamer's hands this year. This seems noteworthy as we don't recall hearing of any previous firings at Valve, where the management structure is famously unstructured. Thanks GamesIndustry International.

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23. Re: Valve Engineer Fired Feb 13, 2013, 17:59 Dev
 
What with Gabe's "obsession" over employee health (mental as well as physical), I'm surprised they've fired anyone at all, let alone that big of a chunk (up to 25 ppl? thats close to 10% of the company).

It does sound like its related to hardware.

I think its best that they don't get into doing a "console" of their own (costs so much money to even enter the market. MS lost $3-$4 billion on xbox 1, and thats including all games and licensing).
But, selling a standard specced PC with steam pre-installed might be a good move. Not sure if it should contain linux or not... if it does it would be cheaper, but not nearly as many games. Another much cheaper (for valve) idea is to pick a minimum gaming spec and and put out a "Valve/Steam Certified" label that other companies could put on it. That way you know you get a computer that would be good for gaming. I doubt the big companies would go for it, but smaller ones that do gaming computers might.

This comment was edited on Feb 13, 2013, 18:06.
 
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