1. Thanks Stav, that was really interesting. I like that there were certain threads that kept coming up over all of the interviews such as Valve’s corporate and development culture as well as the company’s mobile gaming strategy (or lack thereof). It felt (and probably was) way more honest than most of your typical PR-based interviews.

  2. All the interviews in that series are really fascinating. I hadn’t realized just how unique Valve’s work culture was, especially compared to the oft-reported abuse of young talent that goes on in the megadevelopers.

  3. I love this from Gabe:

    “In practice, a really likable person in our community should get DOTA 2 for free, because of past behavior in Team Fortress 2,” he said. “Now, a real jerk that annoys everyone, they can still play, but a game is full price and they have to pay an extra hundred dollars if they want voice.”

    (thanks for pointing it out, troll on a pony!)

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