After the breakout of Coronavirus, Gabe Newell has been staying in New Zealand for months now. Looks like as he spent some time there, he started to like it and plan things for the future of Valve.
Newell said that he could migrate some parts of Valve Corporation into New Zealand. But there are no plans on the matter yet. “You don’t want to uproot a bunch of families, have them come here, and then the situation gets a bunch better and then they have to turn around and go back,” he stated, which is logical.
Another thing is the idea of holding The International’s and Majors in New Zealand. Since New Zealand is a great place when you think about what happened in the world in 2020, it’s not that unlikely to happen.
“I literally could not; if I had to guess when it would be safe to do an in-person tournament anywhere in the world, it would be very hard for me to say that—whereas I think, with a lot of confidence, we’d be able to plan for that in New Zealand,” he stated.
There is also the in-development game code-named “Citadel”, which has been confirmed that Valve is working on it.
“We definitely have games in development that we’re going to be announcing,” Newell said. “Alyx was great. To be back doing singleplayer games, that created a lot of momentum inside the company to do more of that.”
He also commented on Cyberpunk 2077, he said that he “had a lot of fun” when playing the PC version of the game. Shown sympathy for developers, saying that every developer can face the same things.