Chet Faliszek Leaves Valve

The writer behind games like Portal and Half-Life 2 amicably splits from the company.

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Valve writer Chet Faliszek has left the company after 12 years.

Faliszek confirmed his departure to GamesIndustry.biz, and said the split was amicable. 

"Nothing exciting or drama filled," Faliszek wrote. "I worked there 12 years, shipped a bunch of great games and some amazing hardware and wanted to change things up. There's no news on what's next etc, I will let you know when that happens."

This is the third heavyweight writer from Valve in just over a year, as Faliszek follows after Wolpaw from February and Marc Laidlaw from January 2016. That could spell trouble for first-party games, or leave room for new stars to rise within the organization. 

His writing credits include Left 4 Dead, Portal, and Half-Life 2. On top of his standard writing duties, Faliszek was a VR enthusiast and served as the public face of the company for VR developers as a result. Presumably, with his departure, someone else at Valve will have to carry the torch to continue making the HTC Vive an inviting VR platform for indies. 

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    May 2, 2017 9:15 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Chet Faliszek Leaves Valve

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      May 2, 2017 11:25 AM

      Barring contrary evidence, I take this as more proof that Valve has lost any interest in single player games and games that can't be monetized via hats and suchlike.

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        May 2, 2017 11:29 AM

        They've been like that for a long time. I honestly don't know if I'd still classify them as a AAA game developer. I'd be happy if they sold off the Half Life IP and just focused on Steam at this point, at least then we'd have some chance of getting a new HL game.

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          May 2, 2017 12:17 PM

          Valve is more a money printing press than game developer these days.

        • Zek legacy 10 years
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          May 2, 2017 12:23 PM

          They're more on par with Riot Games. They have one really big game they actively maintain, but not a lot of interest in building an ongoing portfolio of games.

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          May 2, 2017 12:25 PM

          I would be ecstatic if valve released their games to other dev shops to revive. Portal, HL, L4D... need new homes. they are just left to rot.

          steam/dota/CS just seems like a shallow treadmill, and supposedly they used to allow for passion. the passion is actively leaving.

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            May 2, 2017 12:28 PM

            Nobody ever gives up their IP out of the goodness of their hearts. They hold onto it just in case they ever decide to make another one even​ if it's 10 years from now.

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              May 2, 2017 1:41 PM

              don't need to give them up. Can farm them out. ala id with quake and wolfenstein

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                May 2, 2017 1:43 PM

                right. valve would get a cut of the proceeds. standard leasing of IP stuff, since they would never sell it outright... but something should be done to release those things.

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      May 2, 2017 4:56 PM

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