Just because this company makes all the right moves does not mean it’s immune to job security. Either way, move along, nothing to see here.
With the recent layoffs out of Valve Software, the media birds have been chirping away, speculating the affects this may have on the recent projects underway at the Washington based studio. To put it simply: All is well, however, to make it official, Gabe Newell, the boss man himself, addressed the hoopla.
“There seems to be an unusual amount of speculation about some recent changes here,” Newell told Engadget today. “I thought I'd take the unusual step of addressing them. No, we aren't canceling any projects. No, we aren't changing any priorities or projects we've been discussing. No, this isn't about Steam or Linux or hardware or [insert game name here]. We're not going to discuss why anyone in particular is or isn't working here.”
Jeri Ellsworth, a hardware designer, was one of the first to get the pink slip, vocalizing the change via twitter. Reports estimate layoffs as much as 25, including director of business development, Jason Holtman.
This restructuring is synonymous with the transitions Valve has been cooking up in 2013; beginning with the launch of Big Picture Mode and soon to follow later this year, the anticipated SteamBox console. With that said, on with the show.