Gabe Newell Has Concerns Over Trump's Travel Ban

In a chat with the press in Seattle yesterday, Valve boss Gabe Newell spoke about the effects President Trump's (temporarily halted) travel ban would have on the company's employees, along with its esports events.

As reported by PC Gamer, Newell spoke of Valve employees who would be directly impacted were the ban to ever be brought back.

"We have people who work at Valve who can't go home. They have been here for years. They pay taxes. They cheer for New England in the Super Bowl and we try to not hold that against them...

But you know, they can't leave the country. So, like, there's some event outside the country, and for the first time we say 'Wait, they can't go because they can't get back.' So that's a problem, not just these hypothetical future employees but actual Valve employees. So yeah, that's a concern for us."

Newell also spoke of how increased visa scrutiny is a problem for esports, not just Valve's DOTA 2 efforts but for the scene as a whole, since the upstart industry doesn't have the popular or legal recognition that athletes and celebrities currently enjoy.

"If you're an opera singer, it's pretty easy to get a visa", Newell said. "Like the State Department kind of understands who these people are. If you're a Nobel Prize winner, they kind of know who you are." The implication being that if you're a professional gamer, they don't, especially when you remember that in 2014 two teams invited to compete in a DOTA 2 tournament in Seattle were initially denied visas.

There's more from the chat at PC Gamer.


Comments

    on one this sucks for the esport scene. on the other hand, there's nothing more tangible then money loss

    there isn't a much better wake up call then a declining economy. off course there's going to be global implications that will inevitably affect AU but meh that's better then standing idle and sucking up to America

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