Valve, makers of 2007’s Half Life 2: Episode 2, is reaching out to teenagers interested in games development through “Pipeline,” a program being administered by the company’s own interns.
“[W]e are frequently asked questions by teenagers about the video game industry,” Valve wrote on the project’s Web site. “‘What is it like to work on videogames? What should I study? What colleges are best for preparing me? How do I get a job in videogames?’ Pipeline will be a place where those questions can be discussed.”
Further, Valve says Pipeline will serve as an experiment. “Traditionally Valve has been a very good place for very experienced video game developers, and not so good at teaching people straight out of school,” the site explains. “Pipeline is an experiment to see if we can take a group of high school students with minimal work experience and train them in the skills and methods necessary to be successful at a company like Valve.”
All Pipeline is right now is this site and that video above, but who knows what it may become. If nothing else, it’s interesting to see Valve cognisant of its own elite reputation, and making efforts to discover up-and-coming talent from less experienced ranks.
Valve Pipeline [Valve]