Valve Now Has a San Francisco Office

Valve Now Has a San Francisco Office

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A two-man game studio has been bought out by Valve.

Jeff Gates and Tod Semple, two developers best known for their work on Spore, Plants versus Zombies and Diablo 3, were until recently the co-founders of independent start-up Star Filled Studios. That game developer has been bought out by Valve but, rather than go the usual route of pulling the developers back to Washington, Valve seems to have decided to open up a San Francisco subsidiary.

"My recent startup was acquired by Valve," said Semple on LinkedIn, "and we are opening a new office on the San Francisco peninsula." The acquisition may have been planned from the first days of the start-up; back in October, Semple Tweeted about his first week as an indie, and dropped a hint as to what he might have been up to.

According to Semple, it was "the first time in my life that a billionaire invited me to lunch at a Michelin star restaurant. I can finally check that off my life accomplishment list." At the time Semple didn't say who his host was but, given recent events, it may well have been Newell himself, whose net worth is in the billions.

As to what's next for Valve's San Francisco acquisition, it's impossible to say. Star Filled was looking for an artist, but presumably recent events have made that search unnecessary; and as for what it might be working on, it's far too soon to tell.

Source: Eurogamer

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Eurogamer failed to credit the site that uncovered this information: http://www.valvetime.net/threads/valves-opening-an-office-in-san-francisco.242933/

I hope this isn't the start of Valve's descent into evil.

Hazzard:
I hope this isn't the start of Valve's descent into evil.

Umm they purchased development studios before...

Hazzard:
I hope this isn't the start of Valve's descent into evil.

First two people then the world. MUHAHAHAHAHAHAHHA.

Oh who am I kidding. They will probably stop before hiring the third one.

But this is a strange occasion. Why found an independant studio if you will go for a lunch with a billionare? Aim high man.

Akisa:

Hazzard:
I hope this isn't the start of Valve's descent into evil.

Umm they purchased development studios before...

In fact, isn't that more or less how Portal got made?

There are times like this when I love living in Silicon Valley...

Falseprophet:

Akisa:

Hazzard:
I hope this isn't the start of Valve's descent into evil.

Umm they purchased development studios before...

In fact, isn't that more or less how Portal got made?

There was that part about in starting as a thesis, then valve said you're hired.

Wait, what, Gaben is a billionaire?!?

Damn, I should found a online game rental service.

Karloff:
[snip] work on Spore, Plants versus Zombies and Diablo 3

I think that's got to be the most bizarre line-up of 'worked-on' games I've ever seen.

So how long now before Valve buys an entire city to develop games in?

bimon_1234567:
Wait, what, Gaben is a billionaire?!?

Damn, I should found a online game rental service.

No sensible business choice now would be to open a kiosk right outside Valve HQ, specifically right next to Gabe's parking space :P

The Artificially Prolonged:
So how long now before Valve buys an entire city to develop games in?

If anything, they'd build a super secret underwater volcano lair in space.

This is Valve getting an arm in the Social/Casual Gaming section.

If their need of a 2D artist is anything to go by at least, combined with the Studios size; an attempt at a AAA Console Game from a 4/5 man studio would fall flat. But a AAA Casual game seems right where they are headed. Could be wrong on this; but all factors considered I don't think I am.

 

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