Valve Says It's Going to Start Shipping Video Games Again

10 March, 2018, 00:51 | Author: Patty Aguilar
  • Valve “jealous of Nintendo” as it prepares to “start shipping games again” – Newell

The announcement came as part of a presentation for Artifact, the "Dota 2" themed card game that drew fan ire past year when it was announced because it had the gall to not be "Half Life 3".

Artifact is the first of several games that are going to be coming from us.

At the reveal event for their upcoming digital card game set in the DOTA universe, Artifact, Gave Newell stated the company is going to start shipping games again.

For the last few years, Valve has felt that the ecosystem of PC gaming was heading towards a more closed environment and had been focusing their energy on Steam VR and the Vive.

As for why Valve moved away from games, Newell frankly said he was concerned about PCs becoming more of a closed system.


Talking about the investment Valve has made in hardware and technology, Newell said that there was a "big hole" left in the market after the release of DOTA 2 that PUBG stepped in to fill.

This new hardware knowledge, alongside the software prowess that the Valve has, will result in more than just brand new video games from Valve. So that's sort of good news. Today's statement doesn't make it 100 percent clear whether Valve has projects in development beyond these previously mentioned games, but it is a possibility.

Interestingly, Nintendo's game development prowess was one reason for why Valve chose to steer itself down such a winding path. New skins, amiibo, and other peripherals to continue the hype of series that we love so much. He can introduce new capabilities like motion input because he controls both of those things.

"You can see that Microsoft was like, wow, how can we make Windows more like [Apple]?" Newell also didn't say anything about any new shooters, so we likely won't be dealing with anything related to Half Life at any point in the future. Also, the Kerbal Space Program development team is under the Valve umbrella now, and we have yet to see the project it is working on. And he can make the hardware look as good as possible because he's designing the software at the same time that's really going to take advantage of it.

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