Valve's Gabe Newell talks sales, experimentation


Here's something you don't see every day. It's a 40-minute-or-so video conference between Valve co-founder Gabe Newell and a high school sports/entertainment marketing class.

The video is going to be too lengthy for some of you, but the content is excellent. Valve as a company is doing so many things right -- both in terms of game development and digital distribution. Thankfully for us, Newell was willing to divulge where the success, at least part of it, stems from.

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Warprincess1162621d ago

Im srry but he need to lose some weight. All of that fat on him is just unhealthy. I know it tough but enough is enough.

ElementX2621d ago

What does his weight have to do with running one of the best game developers ever?

Warprincess1162621d ago (Edited 2621d ago )

Sometime in the future, he gone to start losing alot of energy. He shorting his lifespan. He decreasing his mobility. Do i really have to list the effects of Obesity. It could have a huge impact on his work.

SuicideShaun2621d ago

Holy shit stop the presses! Really? He uses computers all day and makes games... And.... He... he's overweight? Holy ceaser's ghost. God Forbid!

Zinc2621d ago (Edited 2621d ago )

Interesting conference session. I watched the whole thing. I had a vain hope that someone would ask when episode 3 was coming... but, that didn't happen.

I think that Gabe is genuinely a good guy and has a good head on his shoulders. I'm glad a guy like that is in charge of Valve and honestly, that's a big factor in why they have gotten where they are today.

He seems to really want to study the reasons and motivations behind people's desires and behaviors... very interesting from a business and marketing standpoint, also useful when creating games that are interesting to game players.

I also think he made a really interesting and accurate point about Valve being a private company, that is not traded on the market or owned by anyone else. They have the freedom to do what they think is right and sometimes even fail at it... that's really valuable and anyone that is thinking about starting a development studio should take heed.