Some Stuff You May Not Know About The Masters Of PC Gaming

Whether through its dominance of PC retail via Steam or its own classic franchises like Half-Life and Left 4 Dead, Valve is the king of hardcore PC gaming. Here's some stuff you may not know about your PC's overlords.

In a new interview with Forbes, Valve boss Gabe Newell spills the beans on a number of interesting little tidbits surrounding the company, its worth and its employees, including:

- Newell used to suffer from Fuchs Dystrophy, which would have rendered him completely blind were it not for operations in 2006 and 2007 to transplant his corneas.

- He says that "per employee, Valve is more profitable than Google and Apple".

- Gabe Newell owns more than half of Valve. With the company's worth pegged at being somewhere between $US2 and $US4 billion, that makes him a PC gaming billionaire.

- Did you know that "around half" of Valve's 250 employees began their careers as "amateurs", making mods for more established titles. An example cited is that a lead software developer on the Half-Life series (so they're still working on it, at least!) used to manage a Waffle House in Florida.

It really is a great interview, one you should read if only to see the amazing lead image the mag had taken.

The Master of Online Mayhem [Forbes][Pic]


Comments

    Gabe never ceases to make me smile - just lay off the burgers big fella, we need Half Life 3 dammit!

      Dammit you delayed it for another 10 minutes!

    I would have thought Blizzard was the more Hardcore PC Developer

      Heck no! Every gamer worth his salt knows that Valve is the ultimate!

      Ever since the release of Starcraft II, things are a wee bit iffy around the house of Blizzard. Makes me wonder what the future holds for D3.............

      @James Mac

      No, Valve has always been at the front since Half Life was released in 1998. Blizzard is close but they dont make as much games as Valve does these days. Blizzard has always leaned a bit towards consoles but never really did (Starcraft 64 -> FAIL, Diablo PSone -> FAIL, Starcraft Ghost -> FAIL to release. They're hoping to being Diablo 3 to consoles tho *cringe*) while Valve did port games to consoles but they were all shit (i.e. better played on the PC).

    I, for one, welcome our new PC overlords.

    So these guys aren't even worth HALF of what Zynga is?

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