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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Re: Erik Wolpaw Leaves Valve
Feb 17, 2017, 20:11
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Re: Erik Wolpaw Leaves Valve Feb 17, 2017, 20:11
Feb 17, 2017, 20:11
 
While I'm happy that Erik is (apparently) getting to do what he wants, it sounds like Valve has an employee retention problem. 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).
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Re: Erik Wolpaw Leaves Valve
Feb 17, 2017, 21:31
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Re: Erik Wolpaw Leaves Valve Feb 17, 2017, 21:31
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.
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Re: Erik Wolpaw Leaves Valve
Feb 17, 2017, 21:34
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Re: Erik Wolpaw Leaves Valve Feb 17, 2017, 21:34
Feb 17, 2017, 21:34
 
He's a millionaire for sure, he was just working there because he enjoyed it and/or because he'd be bored otherwise. Must have changed his mind about one of those.
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Re: Erik Wolpaw Leaves Valve
Feb 17, 2017, 21:46
nin
 
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Re: Erik Wolpaw Leaves Valve Feb 17, 2017, 21:46
Feb 17, 2017, 21:46
 nin
 

For it's time, OMM was a fucking riot...

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Re: Erik Wolpaw Leaves Valve
Feb 18, 2017, 00:16
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Re: Erik Wolpaw Leaves Valve Feb 18, 2017, 00:16
Feb 18, 2017, 00:16
 
nin wrote on Feb 17, 2017, 21:46:
For it's time, OMM was a fucking riot...


I loved OMM.

As for Erik, it kind of makes sense. Not much writing to do when all Valve makes are hats and excuses about why Steam's customer service still sucks so much, three years after they promised to make it better.
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Re: Erik Wolpaw Leaves Valve
Feb 18, 2017, 00:35
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Re: Erik Wolpaw Leaves Valve Feb 18, 2017, 00:35
Feb 18, 2017, 00:35
 
Sepharo wrote on Feb 17, 2017, 21:34:
He's a millionaire for sure, he was just working there because he enjoyed it and/or because he'd be bored otherwise. Must have changed his mind about one of those.

Maybe they changed the snack foods. I hear they went healthy. That'd drive me away too.
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Re: Erik Wolpaw Leaves Valve
Feb 18, 2017, 01:14
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Re: Erik Wolpaw Leaves Valve Feb 18, 2017, 01:14
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.
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Re: Erik Wolpaw Leaves Valve
Feb 18, 2017, 01:29
Slick
 
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Re: Erik Wolpaw Leaves Valve Feb 18, 2017, 01:29
Feb 18, 2017, 01:29
 Slick
 
The writing in Portal 2 is quite possibly the best videogame writing in any game I've ever played. He will be missed.

Valve is actually pretty good at making games, they should consider that as a profession.
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Re: Erik Wolpaw Leaves Valve
Feb 18, 2017, 02:20
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Re: Erik Wolpaw Leaves Valve Feb 18, 2017, 02:20
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?
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Re: Erik Wolpaw Leaves Valve
Feb 18, 2017, 03:07
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Re: Erik Wolpaw Leaves Valve Feb 18, 2017, 03:07
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.
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Re: Erik Wolpaw Leaves Valve
Feb 18, 2017, 03:08
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Re: Erik Wolpaw Leaves Valve Feb 18, 2017, 03:08
Feb 18, 2017, 03:08
 
Sepharo wrote on Feb 17, 2017, 21:34:
He's a millionaire for sure, he was just working there because he enjoyed it and/or because he'd be bored otherwise. Must have changed his mind about one of those.

Maybe he had an American Beauty moment: quit your high stress job, buy a muscle car, and work a low-stress job at a burger or coffee shop.
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Re: Erik Wolpaw Leaves Valve
Feb 18, 2017, 03:44
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Re: Erik Wolpaw Leaves Valve Feb 18, 2017, 03:44
Feb 18, 2017, 03:44
 
Slick wrote on Feb 18, 2017, 01:29:
The writing in Portal 2 is quite possibly the best videogame writing in any game I've ever played. He will be missed.

Didn't Marc Laidlaw leave earlier already? Seems another hint that Valve doesn't care about serious game development anymore! Now it's all about trying to get a headstart in the VR business, payed by their Steam monopoly which gives them free money from the actual games others create anyway...
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Re: Erik Wolpaw Leaves Valve
Feb 18, 2017, 03:53
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Re: Erik Wolpaw Leaves Valve Feb 18, 2017, 03:53
Feb 18, 2017, 03:53
 
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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Re: Erik Wolpaw Leaves Valve
Feb 18, 2017, 04:05
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Re: Erik Wolpaw Leaves Valve Feb 18, 2017, 04:05
Feb 18, 2017, 04:05
 
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.

The sarcasm runs strong in this one. Very good sir. Top marks!
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Re: Erik Wolpaw Leaves Valve
Feb 18, 2017, 04:07
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Re: Erik Wolpaw Leaves Valve Feb 18, 2017, 04:07
Feb 18, 2017, 04:07
 
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.

Dude just stop. You keep doubling down on that grave you're digging for yourself.
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Re: Erik Wolpaw Leaves Valve
Feb 18, 2017, 05:44
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Re: Erik Wolpaw Leaves Valve Feb 18, 2017, 05:44
Feb 18, 2017, 05:44
 
VaranDragon wrote on Feb 18, 2017, 04:07:
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.

Dude just stop. You keep doubling down on that grave you're digging for yourself.
I'm not stopping until I find the grave where Gabe buried the corpse of Half Life 3!
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Re: Erik Wolpaw Leaves Valve
Feb 18, 2017, 06:02
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Feb 18, 2017, 06:02
 
ViRGE wrote on Feb 18, 2017, 05:44:
VaranDragon wrote on Feb 18, 2017, 04:07:
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.

Dude just stop. You keep doubling down on that grave you're digging for yourself.
I'm not stopping until I find the grave where Gabe buried the corpse of Half Life 3!

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Re: Erik Wolpaw Leaves Valve
Feb 18, 2017, 06:09
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Feb 18, 2017, 06:09
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ViRGE wrote on Feb 18, 2017, 05:44:
VaranDragon wrote on Feb 18, 2017, 04:07:
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.

Dude just stop. You keep doubling down on that grave you're digging for yourself.
I'm not stopping until I find the grave where Gabe buried the corpse of Half Life 3!

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Feb 18, 2017, 07:48
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Feb 18, 2017, 07:48
 
VaranDragon wrote on Feb 18, 2017, 04:05:
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.

The sarcasm runs strong in this one. Very good sir. Top marks!

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Feb 18, 2017, 08:30
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Feb 18, 2017, 08:30
 
Thanks to those clowns for Steam's awesome story!
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