In weeks past it's all sounded very positive at video games developer Valve. The studio head, Gabe Newell has announced plans with J.J. Abrams to develop movies based on Valve's Half Life and Portal IPs, and has also stated the PC will be moving from the office to the living room soon.
So it's been rather shocking hear reports that Valve have laid off nearly thirty members of staff across several different departments and the departures include Jason Holtman, the executive driving the studio's Steam online store business.
According to gaming website IGN, news of the layoffs surfaced on Twitter on the account of Valve engineer, Jeri Ellsworth, who tweeted, "yup. Got fired today. Time for new exciting projects". As rumours began to surface that as many as 30 employees have been let go, Develop, citing a reliable source, stated that the studio's director of business, Jason Holtman, had departed from Valve.
IGN reached out to Valve and picked up communique from studio head Gabe Newell on Endgadget who wrote:
"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. No, we aren't cancelling any projects. No, we aren't changing any priorities or projects we've been discussing. No, this isn't about Steam or Linux hardware or [insert game name here]. We're not going to discuss why anyone in particular is or isn't working here anymore."
Here's hoping anyone leaving Valve lands on their feet.