Newell: "Strong Interest" from Some Valve Staff in NZ

In an interview with TVNZ News, Valve boss Gabe Newell discusses a variety of topics, including the possibility of holding an esports tournament in New Zealand, as well as the interest some Valve staff having in moving there as well, at least temporarily (thanks ResetEra). Gabe has been living in New Zealand after he was sort of stranded there by COVID-19 last March. He obviously enjoys the place, and he discusses the envy some Valve employees in Bellevue, Washington express about his situation. He has reservations, but does admit there's grassroots "strong interest" from Valve staff in lockdown to move there, at least until the pandemic is under control:
Newell revealed that there is "strong interest" from Valve employees to move to New Zealand, after last year saying there were no active plans to make that happen.

"We were actually just talking about that — I was literally having that conversation earlier," he said.

However, he doesn't want to jump the gun and confirm that any plans are in motion.

"You don't want to uproot a bunch of families, have them come here, and then the situation gets a bunch better and then they have to turn around and go back — so that's why getting a better handle on how long the epidemic is going to be affecting our operational decisions is important to that.

"But there's strong interest — after talking to these people who've literally been locked in their houses except to go out for groceries for the last nine months — and I'm like, 'Oh look, here I am at a motorsports race, or here I am at Starship, at the hospital talking to doctors or reviewing optic nerve damage from Covid-19 patients because of my interest in neuroscience,' and they're like, 'Yeah, I'm still at home — can we come to New Zealand now?'

"There's a lot of interest at a grass roots level inside of the company to have some people move."
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Mr. Tact wrote on Jan 22, 2021, 16:17:
jdreyer wrote on Jan 22, 2021, 14:26:
Be sure to let us know how it goes up in that socialist paradise.
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jdreyer wrote on Jan 22, 2021, 14:26:
Be sure to let us know how it goes up in that socialist paradise.
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Burrito of Peace wrote on Jan 21, 2021, 12:00:
jdreyer wrote on Jan 21, 2021, 02:46:
Burrito of Peace wrote on Jan 20, 2021, 18:55:
I cannot speak for other countries, but what has worked immensely in my favor of becoming a Canadian citizen (not yet complete, we were in the process and then the pandemic hit) is that both Mrs. Burrito and I own property up there, have bank accounts up there, and pay taxes there. We've already established ourselves as a "good" immigrant. Mrs. Burrito already being Canadian by birth was no doubt also helpful.

You're still moving even though Trump lost?

Ha! Yes. It has less to do with the current holder of the presidency than it does the clear, continual, and marked decline of the US.

Be sure to let us know how it goes up in that socialist paradise.
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jdreyer wrote on Jan 21, 2021, 02:46:
Burrito of Peace wrote on Jan 20, 2021, 18:55:
I cannot speak for other countries, but what has worked immensely in my favor of becoming a Canadian citizen (not yet complete, we were in the process and then the pandemic hit) is that both Mrs. Burrito and I own property up there, have bank accounts up there, and pay taxes there. We've already established ourselves as a "good" immigrant. Mrs. Burrito already being Canadian by birth was no doubt also helpful.

You're still moving even though Trump lost?

Ha! Yes. It has less to do with the current holder of the presidency than it does the clear, continual, and marked decline of the US.
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Came to the thread for the "Roll Your Tables to New Zealand" jokes. I am very disappointed
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Mr. Tact wrote on Jan 20, 2021, 20:53:
Yep, that's us, we are here just to keep CP2077 down. Gossip

I knew it! Tact, why you so CP2077-ist??
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Burrito of Peace wrote on Jan 20, 2021, 18:55:
I cannot speak for other countries, but what has worked immensely in my favor of becoming a Canadian citizen (not yet complete, we were in the process and then the pandemic hit) is that both Mrs. Burrito and I own property up there, have bank accounts up there, and pay taxes there. We've already established ourselves as a "good" immigrant. Mrs. Burrito already being Canadian by birth was no doubt also helpful.

You're still moving even though Trump lost?
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sauron wrote on Jan 20, 2021, 18:31:
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Jan 20, 2021, 16:35:
Holy shit, what an awesome job Valve must be at this point: insane pay (probably), stock options (probably), interesting work, opportunity to get an easy pass to life in a non-insane country (New Zealand)... wow.

Can I interest you in a permanent trip to sunny Mordor? There's no pay or stock options, but the work is definitely... interesting.

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RedEye9 wrote on Jan 20, 2021, 18:21:
jdreyer wrote on Jan 20, 2021, 17:55:
RedEye9 wrote on Jan 20, 2021, 14:32:
Hmmm
Temporarily move from a country where half of the inhabitants don’t believe in science and think the pandemic is a hoax.
Seems like a no brainer to me.
Back in April/May/June this made sense. Not sure it does today.
Maybe not for the islands but on the mainland a temp move to NZ would still be better than being in most of the USA including Bellevue, Washington.
Sure, but what about 3 months from now? Is it worth it to move literally half way around the world only to return in 3-4 months? That seems pretty disruptive. And that's not even taking into account whether NZ would even permit it.
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Yep, that's us, we are here just to keep CP2077 down. Gossip
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GothicWizard wrote on Jan 20, 2021, 20:26:
... got to keep those click bait articles rolling in. Thought Blue was immune to that nonsense, clearly I was wrong it seems.

They also didn't mention Half-life3, the manfuacturing issues with the Index or Gabe's Dota team....funnily enough, an NZ news site focused on one of the biggest gaming companies around potentially moving to NZ!! It's shocking, and a total conspiracy (especially by Blue, who gets to choose TVNZ headlines) to keep CDPR down.


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Funny, says something positive about CP2077 and CDPR and crickets.. lets focus on a quote about moving to fucking NZ.. can't break the negative news about CP with anything positive, got to keep those click bait articles rolling in. Thought Blue was immune to that nonsense, clearly I was wrong it seems.
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MrBone wrote on Jan 20, 2021, 18:55:
Amusing that this post isn’t seen as prejudiced by most people. Old people just can’t catch a break.

Well there's good reason for it. It's been a major bone of contention in Canada where immigrants bring in the seniors from their families, who haven't paid dime one into Canada, yet use up a ton of its resources - particularly medical - when you have natural born citizens who have been paying all their lives and usually see waiting lists running into years for treatments, surgeries, etc. And most Canadians have been opposed to it - 70%-80% - forever now. They feel that you should have the ability to pay for all your needs if you're coming in and not contributing to the tax base, and that's fair play. Most countries are pretty much the same or even tougher to get into. Most places you really need a net worth of about $2 million if you're not going there for work.
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Burrito of Peace wrote on Jan 20, 2021, 18:55:
Mrs. Burrito already being Canadian by birth was no doubt also helpful.
Yeah, being the spouse of a citizen is probably a foot in the door even for retired people. I'd imagine you'd face reduced restrictions...
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RogueSix wrote on Jan 20, 2021, 18:51:
So, you gotta be reasonably rich and receive a nice annual pension for a "permanent" (unless they decide to change the rules within any two year period) retirement in NZ.
Another good reason to win the lottery. (both Megamillions and Powerball are over $700m -- buy your tickets!)
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I cannot speak for other countries, but what has worked immensely in my favor of becoming a Canadian citizen (not yet complete, we were in the process and then the pandemic hit) is that both Mrs. Burrito and I own property up there, have bank accounts up there, and pay taxes there. We've already established ourselves as a "good" immigrant. Mrs. Burrito already being Canadian by birth was no doubt also helpful.
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RogueSix wrote on Jan 20, 2021, 18:51:
Mr. Tact wrote on Jan 20, 2021, 18:26:
While I haven't researched it deeply, a casual look at a couple of countries told me it would not be easy for me to move permanently as a retired person.

Yeah, no one really wants old people. For a permanent stay permit in most countries you usually have to be a very rich retiree and take part in some kind of investment program. Otherwise you can only apply to stay longer than a visitor (a visitor visa is typically three months) but you can't usually stay longer than six months, at which point you have to leave the country in question for an unspecified time. The absence typically has to be a few months at a time. You can't just leave and return shortly after since that would be considered abuse.

As for NZ in particular, for a two year retirement visa, you have to be age 66+ and you need to have...

NZ $750,000 or more to invest in New Zealand for 2 years, and another NZ $500,000 to live on, plus an annual income of NZ $60,000 or more.

After this visa... if you meet the visa conditions, you can apply for another Temporary Retirement Visitor Visa.

So, you gotta be reasonably rich and receive a nice annual pension for a "permanent" (unless they decide to change the rules within any two year period) retirement in NZ.

Amusing that this post isn’t seen as prejudiced by most people. Old people just can’t catch a break.
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He sure loves to beat the bush to death here. I can only imagine his employees mindset.
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Mr. Tact wrote on Jan 20, 2021, 18:26:
While I haven't researched it deeply, a casual look at a couple of countries told me it would not be easy for me to move permanently as a retired person.

Yeah, no one really wants old people. For a permanent stay permit in most countries you usually have to be a very rich retiree and take part in some kind of investment program. Otherwise you can only apply to stay longer than a visitor (a visitor visa is typically three months) but you can't usually stay longer than six months, at which point you have to leave the country in question for an unspecified time. The absence typically has to be a few months at a time. You can't just leave and return shortly after since that would be considered abuse.

As for NZ in particular, for a two year retirement visa, you have to be age 66+ and you need to have...

NZ $750,000 or more to invest in New Zealand for 2 years, and another NZ $500,000 to live on, plus an annual income of NZ $60,000 or more.

After this visa... if you meet the visa conditions, you can apply for another Temporary Retirement Visitor Visa.

So, you gotta be reasonably rich and receive a nice annual pension for a "permanent" (unless they decide to change the rules within any two year period) retirement in NZ.
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Mr. Tact wrote on Jan 20, 2021, 18:26:
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Jan 20, 2021, 18:01:
Well, I'm mostly screwed at this point for moving outside the US for my job, I'm tied down by seniority and retirement, etc. I'd also take a huge paycut outside the US. It's a pipe dream for me now, although I am considering going elsewhere after retirement. I am just hoping the USA avoids spiraling into a complete clusterfuck with antivaxxers and homegrown terrorist groups and other dystopian shit. I'm happy for you, and these eventual Valve New Zealander people though! Enjoy it!
Unless you have citizenship in another country you'd probably be better off trying to move while you are working. Residency rules in most places want you to have a job. While I haven't researched it deeply, a casual look at a couple of countries told me it would not be easy for me to move permanently as a retired person.

You aren't wrong, and a lot of countries have perhaps unsurprisingly raised their immigration requirements for applicants from the USA and elsewhere in the last few years. I'd be screwing myself over if I tried to relocate now though, for a lot of reasons. After retirement, we'll see the status of the world; maybe somebody overstays their visa somewhere or something.
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