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Valve dismisses mass cull reports

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Thu Feb 14 2013, 10:13

GAMING HOUSE Valve has reacted to rumours about the death of its hardware division.

On Monday Jeri Ellsworth said she was out of a job. She announced this yesterday on Twitter by mentioning that she suddenly had a lot of time on her hands and then spilling the real story.

"Wow. I suddenly have a lot of spare time," she tweeted. "Yup. Got fired today. Time for new exciting projects." Ellsworth had been working on controllers for the prototype Valve Steambox.

Now some reports have it that as many as 25 people are leaving the firm, but this has not been confirmed by Valve. Rather, said Gabe Newell in a statement to Engadget, business at Valve remains normal.

"We don't usually talk about personnel matters for a number of reasons. There seems to be an unusual amount of speculation about some recent changes here, so I thought I'd take the unusual step of addressing them," he said.

"No, we aren't canceling any projects. No, we aren't changing any priorities or projects we've been discussing," he added. "No, this isn't about Steam or Linux or hardware or [insert game name here]. We're not going to discuss why anyone in particular is or isn't working here."

This is despite rumours that the hardware and Android teams are trying not to let the door hit them on the back of the head as they leave the Valve offices. µ


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