When Steam owners Valve are not fined for geoblocking, games are also being developed. The acclaimed and VR-exclusive Half-Life: Alyx (review) was released 10 months ago via Steam, and according to Valve CEO Gabe Newell, who lived in New Zealand during the current pandemic, more of that product is expected.
– We definitely have games under development that we will announce. It’s fun to ship games, says Gabe Newell in an interview with 1 News. Half-Life: Alyx was superb. Returning to the creation of single-player games, it created a lot of drive within the studio to continue with it.
Gabe Newell also says there is a “strong interest” among Valve employees to join him in New Zealand (only 25 deaths in covid-19), but there are no plans to start relocating people yet. For the same reason, they are also toying with the idea of moving over Valve’s esport tournaments, including Dota The 2-world championship The International, to New Zealand, as the country offers “realistic opportunities” for such events.