Posted on May 21, 2007, Shawn Sines Valve to Stay Independent
Gamesindustry.biz has an interview with Gabe Newell, head of Valve, regarding its plans to remain an independent player in the video game world. Newell cites the fact that the company has no interest in moving to a publisher owned business model at this time, and that unlike the movie industry self financed third party companies are actually in a good position to continue producing works because they maintain some amount of creative control.
“I’m glad that we have orders of magnitude greater ability to make those decisions that we think are the right ones, that customers will say ‘Good job’ rather than worry that some third party’s going to step in and tell us to ship on a particular date or take this out or put this out or whatever.”
Valve is currently at work on Half-Life Episode 2, the latest version of Team Fortress and the new Portal game mode while pre-production has begun on the third and final Half-Life 2 episode as well.