Results of the question and answer session on Reddit with Gabe Newell


Half-Life 3, Steam and AI.

On January 18, Valve CEO Gabe Newell answered questions from Reddit social site users. The head of the company spoke about plans to improve the Steam platform, the development of new games and the prospects for using AI. Naturally, there were no jokes about Half-Life 3.

Gabe Newell

Arguing about the future of Valve, Newell explained in which direction the company is going to move, and also spoke about plans in the field of artificial intelligence.

Now it is necessary to expand the boundaries of opportunities for creating new games and applications. We think investing in the field of hardware will help us in this.

Some are considering the option of using artificial intelligence: this technology is now very popular. We have enough data and computing power on the basis of which we can build a system for machine learning.

Gabe Newell, CEO of Valve

Responding to a question about improving the technical support service, the head of Valve said that there is still a lot of work to be done on Steam. First, it is necessary to reduce the response time of support. Secondly, the company is working on expanding the technical service staff, attracting new employees in different regions. It will also speed up the work and provide support in different languages.

The user who asked about the development of Half-Life 3, Newell replied that “the number 3 can not be mentioned.” Also, the director of Valve confirmed that the team is working on full-fledged games with a single player campaign. When asked about the rumors about the canceled version of Half-Life 3, Newell simply laughed off.

Personally, I believe all unconfirmed anonymous sources from the Internet.

Gabe Newell, CEO of Valve

One of the fans wondered whether it was worth hoping for the release of the game in the Half-Life and Portal universe. Gabe answered this question with a concise “Yes.”

Speaking about the future of the Source 2 engine, the director of Valve said that he had high hopes for the development platform.

We continue to use Source 2 as the main tool for game development. This engine is the basis of some unannounced projects. After all, we want everyone who works on games in Valve to use the same engine.

Gabe Newell, CEO of Valve

Also during the question and answer session, one of the fans inquired about the continuation of the Left 4 Dead series. Newell limited himself to general phrases and gently walked away from the answer.

Usually our projects are the result of the merging of technologies, people who want to work with them, and the game itself, which acts as a platform for the interaction of these elements.

When we decided that we needed to work on a trading platform, free and user-generated content, Team Fortress was excellent for this.

Left 4 Dead is a good place where you can co-create interesting stories.

Gabe Newell, CEO of Valve

In one of the discussions, the head of Valve said that he believes Portal 2 is the best single-player game of the company. Users immediately recalled Half-Life, but Newell replied that after years he was looking at this game with regret.

During the development of Half-Life, I was much more involved in the production and decision-making process – this is my main problem. So now I see in these games a number of things that I regret.

If you are developing a game, you always have to make compromises. To add an element, you need to donate something. Speaking of Half-Life, I take it all very close to my heart.

Gabe Newell, CEO of Valve

The question and answer session lasted about two hours and gathered more than 13 thousand comments. In addition to Gabe Newell himself, other Valve employees working on Dota, Team Fortress, the Steam service and virtual reality technologies took part in the discussion.


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