Rumors hit the web that Valve layed off around 25 developers of software and hardware for unknown reasons. The game publishers refused to comment on the matter, but stated that it has not cancelled any projects nor changed its priorities. Among the people who were let go was Jerri Ellsworth, who was developed controller prototypes for Valve's push into the living room, as well as people who were involved in the creation of games, including Half-Life, Portal, Left 4 Dead and other.
Valve Software this week reduced its headcount by approximately 25 developers of software and hardware for unknown reasons. The laid off hardware and software developers were working on different products and the reasons why the seemingly successful company decided to cut its workforce in general and specific developers in particular. The firm claims it has not cancelled any projects.
“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 canceling any projects. No, we aren't changing any priorities or projects we've been discussing. No, this isn't about Steam or Linux or hardware or [insert game name here]. We're not going to discuss why anyone in particular is or isn't working here,” said Gabe Newell, the chief exec of Valve, reports Engadget web-site.