Valve Not Interested in "Selling Out"

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Valve Not Interested in "Selling Out"

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The guys at Valve Software say they have no interest in taking the company public because they don't want to have to worry about keeping shareholders happy.

Valve would probably rake in a ton of money if it made an IPO. Between its stable of hit game franchises and its wildly popular digital distribution service, Valve seems like it just cannot lose. Don't expect it to happen anytime soon, though, because Gabe and the gang don't like what they see when they look at other companies that have gone public.

"All [companies that go public] end up getting their customers changed," Project Manager Erik Johnson said in the latest issue of PC Gamer. "Any bad decision I ever see out there is because somebody created this different customer that was whoever funds them, and not the consumer of the product."

"You end up with a totally different set of decisions,"added Valve boss Gabe Newell, "and the person who's trying to design the experience is like, 'Okay, I guess we'll put Christopher Walken in our game'."

It's fun and easy to zing Valve for its inability to do anything in a timely manner, a shortcoming most glaringly highlighted by the continued absence of Half-Life 2: Episode 3. But nobody takes it too seriously because although Valve is slow, it's also unerringly brilliant. The addition of outside money-men might speed up the process, but at what cost? Haste makes waste, as they say, and given the choice I think most gamers would admit that they'd rather put up with Valve time.

Source: CVG

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I'm glad to see this.
As long as they keep making great games, I'm fine with their business practices. Anyway, they have Steam to support them too, right? With all their sales, it seems like a win-win situation.
They aren't having any glaring money problems that would bring this up, are they?

while Im annoyed I cant own stock in the company, not having to worry about share holder idiots is really nice

I would love to see Christopher Walken in a Valve game.

"You end up with a totally different set of decisions," added Valve boss Gabe Newell, "and you can no longer choose to eat that extra greasy double meat hamburger. Instead they make you fast to be more 'presentable' in front of the media"

"Um...Gabe, they wouldn't do that. Going public wouldn't change your eating habits."

"Really? Public it is then."

No, but seriously that's a wise call by them.

While I would personally own VALVe stock, I am really glad to hear this. When companies go public, they have the responsibility of answering to their stockholders and not to their community.

They would be forced to deliver products before they were completed and polished, and that just isn't their style. Also, God forbid they ever decided to replace Gabe... The gaming community might rise as one and bring about the apocolypse.

Personally, I think they can take as long as they want on EP3, or even HL3, as long as the time spent is reflected in quality.

Still, it's nice to here that there's at least a few games companies out there who don't hold money as their one and only goal. And it's even nicer than that to see how successful they've been.

laryri:
I would love to see Christopher Walken in a Valve game.

Mr. Walken is famous for never turning down roles, ever, so if they asked, he'd probably do it.

Well, I'm glad they're still super cool.

laryri:
I would love to see Christopher Walken in a Valve game.

This guy... he's un-fucking-believable.

+30 internet points if you get that reference.

What's up with the Christopher Walken hate? Love that guy... Bad Gabe, bad!

They just dont want to have a publishing date for their games. I think that's the real reason. I think that if you told Gabe Newell that he NEEDED tho have Episode 3 done by (insert date here) and that the time for constant delays is over, I think his head would explode.

Iron Lightning:

This guy... he's un-fucking-believable.

+30 internet points if you get that reference.

It was one of those terrible FMV games, wasn't it? It was either called Ripper or Reaper.

Shareholders ruin almost everything, except recessions!
Zing.

Andy Chalk:
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Proof positive that all our worries about Valve selling out is pretty unfounded.

I've always said I'd prefer a delayed game to a mess of bugs. Brings to mind the pirate copy of Wolverine. I was only slightly interested in the film as a whole, but I had NO interest in seeing an unfinished cut.

Once you go public and you have investors and such going on about profit margins... you get input like "ah, but if you just...change this....and then take this bit out... you will sell twice as many copies" even though its not as good. I call it the mcdonalds effect - food that has no flavour offends no-one and can be sold to everyone, but I defy you to find anyone who enjoys a mcdonalds as much as a "proper" meal out (or in!)

laryri:
I would love to see Christopher Walken in a Valve game.

Yes. Put Walken in Ep 3, Valve!

Or, y'know, actually make it at all. That works too.

EDIT: Oh, and we love you, Valve!

This only reminds me of how much I wish I'd purchased shares in Nintendo before the DS was announced.

Iron Lightning:
Well, I'm glad they're still super cool.

laryri:
I would love to see Christopher Walken in a Valve game.

This guy... he's un-fucking-believable.

+30 internet points if you get that reference.

Ripper.

"The wheels of justice are turning!"

Well... I guess this is a good thing. At least Valve doesn't have shareholders to please.

Christopher Walken? In a Valve game? OH GOD YES

Cool to see them say that. But I can't imagine it's a big deal not to go public. I imagine they rake in a buttload of money from Steam anyway. Who needs to go public when you have that?

This is a good sign. Let's just hope they don't make a successful MMO.

Did he just say putting Christopher Walken in any game no matter the setting or genre is a bad idea? Hey, it's thinking like that which is making it take so long to finish Episode 3.

Looking at what becoming part of a public company did to Infinity Ward, Pandemic, Rare...

...I'll take Valve time over public company any day. But for God's sake Gabe, finish Episode 3 already.

Valve can do no wrong.

I HATE that Bioware joined EA.

Iron Lightning:

laryri:
I would love to see Christopher Walken in a Valve game.

This guy... he's un-fucking-believable.

+30 internet points if you get that reference.

I do, but I'm trying to think up another reference that I can use to reply with the original reference, but I don't.

So I'll just do a similar one.

"I heard that, Curtis!"

laryri:
I would love to see Christopher Walken in a Valve game.

That's really a good idea! i mean, at least his voice acting...

Andy Chalk:
Blizzard Not Interested in "Selling Out"

God, please make it happen. *starts praying*

spinFX:
Valve can do no wrong.

I HATE that Bioware joined EA.

Don't pop the champagne yet. Gabe and the other top Valve dogs won't be around forever and businesses can live for a very, VERY long time.

manythings:

spinFX:
Valve can do no wrong.

I HATE that Bioware joined EA.

Don't pop the champagne yet. Gabe and the other top Valve dogs won't be around forever and businesses can live for a very, VERY long time.

Let's just hope they train their pages well in the art of not selling out.

I never doubted it for a second Gabe, but it's good to hear nonetheless. I always figured a big part of the reason VALVe get things so right is because they are privately held, and long may they remain so.

Of course, they couldn't get away with making big games without a corporate sugardaddy if Gabe hadn't had all that lovely Microsoft lolly to start up with, so thanks BillG! (yeah, I don't say that a lot.)

Iron Lightning:
Well, I'm glad they're still super cool.

laryri:
I would love to see Christopher Walken in a Valve game.

This guy... he's un-fucking-believable.

+30 internet points if you get that reference.

Yes, I saw the spoony review too. :D

Well, it's good to hear Valve have their integrity. God bless 'em, I'm such a fanboy...

spinFX:
Valve can do no wrong.

I HATE that Bioware joined EA.

Valve will join EA. In time, you will all join EA.

...join EA...

spinFX:

manythings:

spinFX:
Valve can do no wrong.

I HATE that Bioware joined EA.

Don't pop the champagne yet. Gabe and the other top Valve dogs won't be around forever and businesses can live for a very, VERY long time.

Let's just hope they train their pages well in the art of not selling out.

If they pick them all themselves then we can afford to be hopeful but I would also like to know they can weed out the devious fuckers.

laryri:
I would love to see Christopher Walken in a Valve game.

Oh yes, and if we can't have him be a part of the actual storyline we can just have all the monitors in the game play this video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEyY6LEUWUw

Also anyone mind helping me out with embedding the video for easier viewing?

Good news, all of it, except for the Walken bit.

Be fair, Gabe: putting Christopher Walken in a game would be fan-fucking-tastic. You know it to be true.

OK, maybe not in Half-Life or Portal, but he'd rock in Team Fortress 2 or something.

Oh gabe, it just shows you don't know anything. Christopher Walken in a game is maybe the single most brilliant thing you can do.

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