So Gabe worked at MS for like 15 years when he started Valve. Now developing on an M$ box is no big deal IMO. What really makes me wonder wtf is why he would store the source locally. Hell...why the source was allowed to even see a computer on the internet is Darwinism. I loved HL. Hated some of the spawn from it, but perhaps this is a time to shape up or ship out. Smarten up or get beat down. A few simple changes in protocol woulda avoided all this. I know it was all said before, but not by me so...
Further, this will set them back. And for the person who said they shoulda kept quiet, it would bite them in the ass later. Say they kept quiet and released anyway...who would you be pissed at when something happened then resulting from this?
Monetarily, I think you guys are placing your worry in the wrong places. They may not be Bill Gates, but Gabe was a millionaire before he left Microsoft. Ok, so his game isn't going to be released for another 6 months or something while they re-work the network code. Big deal. It is not like they are some unemployed paycheque to paycheque coder who is having a house forclosed because he can't make his mortgage payment. These guys are rich. They will cope. It is the frustration and the sense of loss that is the worst for them. I promise you, lost revenue was not the #1 thing on Gabe's mind.
In closing I would like to extend my heartiest MWAHAHAHAHA to those dumb shits who upgrade their systems for 1 game.