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Valve's Small San Francisco Team Has Closed

Discussion in 'News' started by -smash-, Aug 7, 2013.

  1. -smash-

    -smash- Gold Content Creator Staff Member

    The small San Francisco group of developers that we reported on a few months ago has closed its doors, figuratively speaking, according to some online résumés from ex-Valve employees.

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    The group consisted of three employees during its eight months of operations. One employee was Steve Desilets, who had worked with Valve in 2005 on the Half-Life episodes and was once a developer for EA and Looking Glass Studios - to name a few. And Jeff Gates and Tod Semple, ex-Popcap and Blizzard developers.

    According to Steve's LinkedIn, the group was an "experimental casual studio," and last June he said on his blog that "[Jeff Gates & Tod Semple] really take the time to mull over and consider designs before just throwing shit at a wall and seeing what sticks."

    These three developers have backgrounds in creating mobile applications and mobile games, so it's not a stretch to think that they were working on some mobile Valve products. But how far did they get and what designs did stick? Valve appears to be working still on "littlefoot", so was this a branch of that? Tod has started a game studio so we might see their designs in their own independent products and releases, rather than in Valve's.
  2. BabyHeadCrab

    BabyHeadCrab The Freeman

    This is the first, and last time, I ever heard of this place. RIP - hardly knew ye~
  3. <RJMC>

    <RJMC> The Freeman

    after hearing about that spaceships game that was shelved,and now this,wonder if valve is experimenting on various ideas at the same time
  4. BabyHeadCrab

    BabyHeadCrab The Freeman

    RJMC, Private Investigator
  5. -smash-

    -smash- Gold Content Creator Staff Member

    At the very least two.
  6. Russian Mafia

    Russian Mafia Vortigaunt

    Heh, if I knew this place existed I would have tried to find it.
  7. Vegeta897

    Vegeta897 The Freeman

    Hey BHC:
    Valve's small San Francisco team!
  8. BabyHeadCrab

    BabyHeadCrab The Freeman

  9. CyberPitz

    CyberPitz Party Escort Bot

    I was wondering when this was going to happen, since I hadn't heard of anything from them in some time. RIP little guys.
  10. G4M3OV3R

    G4M3OV3R Sandvich

    Did they actually released something? :)
  11. Omnomnick

    Omnomnick Lead Content Creator Staff Member

    I was wondering when this was going to happen, since I hadn't heard of anything from CyberPitz in some time.
  12. Andman17

    Andman17 Medic

    Not like they were doing anything important there, but it is sad to hear that any game studio closed.
  13. Omnomnick

    Omnomnick Lead Content Creator Staff Member

    Don't worry. Tod and Jeff reopened the studio as "Temple Gates Games" after Valve gave them the premise when both parties decided there was no benefit in keeping it as a Valve owned studio.
  14. Tollbooth Willie

    Tollbooth Willie The Freeman

    Until they make something and Valve reacquires them and releases the game as their own. Again.
  15. CyberPitz

    CyberPitz Party Escort Bot

    Not going to lie, that wasn't intentional. Although, I'm ruining it by replying again. DAMN.
  16. Omnomnick

    Omnomnick Lead Content Creator Staff Member

    RIP in Pieces little CyberPitz.

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