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Valve acquires or hires Star Filled Studios

Valve acquires or hires Star Filled Studios

It is unclear whether Valve are setting up a San Francisco office or not, or whether this classes as an acquisition or a hiring.

Valve has acquired an indie studio set up by a former Diablo 3 and Plants vs. Zombies developer according to one of the startup's founders.

Star Filled Studios was established only a few months ago in September by former Blizzard North, PopCap and LucasArts developer Tod Semple and former PopcCap, Blizzard and Maxis developer Jeff Gates.

Semple revealed that the studio had been acquired by Valve on his LinkedIn profile. He and Gates both also changed their job titles to 'developer at Valve Corporation'. Semple also states that Valve will be opening up a San Francisco office.

Semple is listed as having worked on Diablo 3, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed and Plants vs. Zombies whilst Gates is listed as having worked on Darkspore and Spore.

Valve vice-president of marketing Doug Lombardi however told Joystiq that it was 'better categorized as Valve hiring two new employees instead of an acquisition of a company.' He also stated that Valve is not necessarily opening up a San Francisco office, despite Semple's comments.

Although Valve is known to look for and bring in fresh talent on a regular basis, it is not known for acquiring other studios. The only other acquisition of note that it has made in its history was Turtle Rock Studios in 2008, which was responsible for the initial development on Left 4 Dead.

The new employee handbook issued by Valve to its new starters leaked onto the internet earlier this year and reveals just how much leeway the developer gives its staff when it comes to working on specific projects. Examples from the handbook include the fact that employees are not assigned managers and their desks are fitted with wheels to make it easier to move around the offices to work on different projects.

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Harlequin 17th December 2012, 10:21 Quote
Unlike EA , where you have a cubicle 4 feet by 3 feet , and are allowed out when developing for 2 toilet breaks + 2 drink breaks + 1 meal break per 9 hour shift , extended up to 12 hours per day.
Parge 17th December 2012, 10:27 Quote
I don't know if that is the case, I have a good friend at Criterion games, and its certainly not like that where he works.
Maki role 17th December 2012, 11:45 Quote
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Originally Posted by Harlequin
Unlike EA , where you have a cubicle 4 feet by 3 feet , and are allowed out when developing for 2 toilet breaks + 2 drink breaks + 1 meal break per 9 hour shift , extended up to 12 hours per day.

And this is to do with EA how?
Harlequin 17th December 2012, 11:56 Quote
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Originally Posted by Maki role
And this is to do with EA how?

did you read the article? it said about valve devs not having managers and desks on wheels to allow them to move.
steveo_mcg 17th December 2012, 12:01 Quote
Great so HL3 is going to be a PopCap style crack game; how to make sure people are loyal to your brand, get them good and addicted!
SexyHyde 17th December 2012, 12:24 Quote
Am I the only guy that isn't in a rush for hl3? Sure I'd like to play it before I die, but it'll be done when its done. Valve have a habbit of taking ages but always releasing quality.
The_Crapman 17th December 2012, 12:41 Quote
When/IF it does come out, It'll probably be another duke nukem forever....
Cerberus90 17th December 2012, 13:23 Quote
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When/IF it does come out, It'll probably be another duke nukem forever....

Don't say that!!!!!!!

:D

I have faith that HL3 will be epic, even if it isn't I'll still love it. :D
Maki role 17th December 2012, 14:43 Quote
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Originally Posted by Harlequin
did you read the article? it said about valve devs not having managers and desks on wheels to allow them to move.

So it has nothing to do with EA then...

This article is about Valve hiring two guys, they then add a little detail about advantages to working at Valve. At no point is EA mentioned.
fluxtatic 18th December 2012, 05:58 Quote
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Originally Posted by steveo_mcg
Great so HL3 is going to be a PopCap style crack game; how to make sure people are loyal to your brand, get them good and addicted!

Living near Valve, I've had occasion to check their job postings - there is always a posting for a psychologist, same as was so horrifying about PopCap and Zynga.

Too bad they never need office drones :(
Griffter 18th December 2012, 07:58 Quote
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Originally Posted by SexyHyde
Am I the only guy that isn't in a rush for hl3? Sure I'd like to play it before I die, but it'll be done when its done. Valve have a habbit of taking ages but always releasing quality.

im in a rush cos im just getting older, and my pgametime is getting less and less with bills, work and other important life things. i dont want to play HL3 when i have 3 kids all under 3yrs and a job and wife who nags... so yeah, im in a rush. 10yrs plus minus is more than enough time for this game.

i do think it will be shown this year with their new steam box gabe has announced. yeah baby!
valve fanboy-ism here i come!
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