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Valve Talks About Lack of Communication

There's an interview on Rock, Paper, Shotgun talking with Valve employees Jan-Peter Ewert, Jeff Cain, and Louis Barinaga. Whatever the pretext of the conversation, RPS chose to focus on communication, which they suggest is often a one-way street, noting the company is often silent on questions about topics like the delayed Diretide event for Dota 2, company layoffs, and the long-overdue Half-Life 2: Episode 3. When asked specifically about the lack of information about whether there would be a Diretide this year, Ewert and Cain defend their silence, saying:

Jan-Peter Ewert: I don’t think there is a lot of improvement to be made there. The thing is, if you feel something is wrong and your customers tell you something should be fixed, the right response is to fix it – not to tell them, “Yeah, at some point in time we’ll fix it.” Because that’s expectation. And if you’re ultimately not able to fix it, then that only makes people even more angry.

So I think the right response around SteamOS or anything we do will be what we did with Diretide, which is to bring out the thing people want [if it works out behind-the-scenes], not just tell them we’ll fix it.

Jeff Cain, business development: Reactions start even if people don’t hear anything. We’re listening. Things happen.

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19. Re: Shell shocked Jan 11, 2014, 12:56 Dev
 
Panickd wrote on Jan 11, 2014, 10:14:
Steam is the money maker at the company so that's where they focus a lot of their time and energy.
That would be the logical thing to do, yes, in a traditionally managed company. But that's not what's happening.
They are focusing time, energy, and money, on custom hardware, custom controllers, biofeedback stuff, optical stuff, customOS, and others. Meanwhile they are letting steam languish a bit, not bothering to to hire (or contract!) UI specialists to improve some of the very obvious crap. They used to run some very cool events in the steam sales, now its kinda boring. And they continue to have inexcusable front end problems.
 
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