Erik Wolpaw Leaves Valve

Valve News Network Tweets that writers Erik Wolpaw and Jay Pinkerton have left their jobs at Valve. It turns out they are only half-right, as Pinkerton and Wolpaw both followed up with tweets saying Pinkerton is still at Valve. Noting Wolpaw's writing credits include Portal, Portal 2, both Half-Life 2 expansions, Left 4 Dead 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and Psychonauts, Polygon reached him for comment, and he told them "I'm gonna move back to Cleveland and work at my niece's juice shop." He is also presumably still contributing to the upcoming Psychonauts 2. Wolpaw came to Valve's attention as a writer on Old Man Murray, a gaming site he cofounded along with Chet Faliszek, who remains as a writer at Valve.
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ViRGE wrote on Feb 18, 2017, 03:07:
Agent-Zero wrote on Feb 18, 2017, 02:20:
ViRGE wrote on Feb 18, 2017, 01:14:
NetHead wrote on Feb 17, 2017, 21:31:
ViRGE wrote on Feb 17, 2017, 20:11:
...It's not a good sign when your employees are leaving to be baristas (or for that matter, that they can afford to do so).

Yes it's far better for companies, especially insanely profitable corporations, to keep employees clinging on in a form of indentured servitude.
Obviously I don't mean indentured servitude. But there is a point where you can pay someone so much that they no longer need to work, at which point the run off to do whatever. Google just had this problem with their self-driving car team: most of the top talent left because of the large bonuses they received.

so you are saying they shouldnt get totally fucked over ... just fucked over enough to keep em desperate?
I'm saying make sure your best talent has a good reason to stay.

that probably falls under the project management dept... as opposed to the budget dept

in other words, they should want to stay to pursue interesting work.. rather than feel the need to because they arent making enough money yet
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