Gabe Newell: “Valve has new games under development”

In a new rare interview with New Zealanders 1 NEWS Valve’s CEO Gabe Newell confirms that the company “definitely” has several new games under development that they will present.

The company that made itself known for acclaimed titles such as Half-Life, Portal and Counter-Strike had a long period of several years where they barely released anything at all, after which they suddenly released the vr game Half-Life: Alyx at short notice in March 2020 .

Gabe Newell, however, chose not to tell more than that about what kind of games the company has going on, but still stated that: “It’s fun to finish a game.”

The fact that Valve released Half-Life: Alyx last year, he says, also created a lot of momentum within the company to want to make more games for one player.

Due to the corona pandemic, Gabe Newell has been stuck in New Zealand since the spring of 2020 and has been given permission to live there and plans to do so for the foreseeable future.

As a result, there have been rumors that Valve is actively planning to open an office in the country. Gabe Newell, however, denies this but states that he has nevertheless heard a “strong interest” from many employees to be reassigned.

Gabe Newell also says that New Zealand’s health infrastructure has a critical value for a company during a pandemic and that they would be significantly more productive in New Zealand than in, for example, Ireland or Los Angeles.

He also says that it feels like an increasingly realistic possibility that Valve’s e-sports tournaments for DOTA 2 and Counter-Strike: GO could take place in the country. The latest edition of the DOTA 2 tournament The International for 2020 was originally scheduled to take place in Stockholm before it was canceled.

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