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
). Gabe has been
living in New Zealand
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:
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
"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."