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Valve taps teens for project Pipeline

By kids, for kids
Mon Jul 15 2013, 15:55

GAMES HOUSE Valve has launched a project called Pipeline that is run by teenagers for teenagers.

Pipeline comes to us via Gabe Newell and a Youtube video. It is aimed at teens so it's pretty exciting stuff.

We learned a few things about the project from the video. It is a destination for teenagers with interests in gaming and questions about the industry.

It should be viewed as a nice, healthy way into the games software industry and an in at a firm where experienced coders go to graze.

"Traditionally Valve has been a very good place for very experienced videogame developers, and not so good at teaching people straight out of school (the reasons for this and the tradeoffs are covered in the Valve employee handbook)," it says in its FAQ.

"Pipeline is an experiment to see if we can take a group of high school students with minimal work experience and train them in the skills and methods necessary to be successful at a company like Valve. We want to establish a connection to the world of teenagers that are asking many questions about getting into the gaming industry.

"We look to answer many of these questions and are willing to reach out to the community and give them the information they need."

There isn't a whole lot more on offer at the Pipeline website except the promise of an update within the month. Interested parties are advised to sign up for the newsletter.

The Pipeline will be just that, a line of information for young people that want to know the answers to the questions that get put to Valve all the time. It will cover everything from soundtracks to graphic design. µ


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