Valve lays off several employees in “great cleansing”

Valve Layoffs Gabe NewellAccording to a report by Gamasutra, Valve laid off a number of employees yesterday. As of now, no exact number of layoffs is known, although at least one person has publicly confirmed their firing; Jeri Ellsworth, an engineer, posted a tweet stating “yup. Got fired today. Time for new exciting projects.” Amid the speculation about the number of layoffs at Valve and the reasoning behind them, co-founder Gabe Newell made this statement to Engadget:

“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.”

As many as 25 employees may have been impacted by the layoffs, which some of those affected have referred to as a “great cleansing” in light of “large decisions” at Valve. Develop reports that director of business Jason Holtman has also left the company. Gaming Trend wishes those impacted the best of luck.


Breanna has been gaming since infancy, if gnawing on an unattended controller counts as playing a game. One of the younger members of the Gaming Trend family, she dabbled in PC games as a kid but wasn't fully consumed by the hobby until the sixth generation of consoles. Now an avid PC and console gamer, she looks forward to the day when she can scape together enough cash to join the next gen club.

In the last week of middle school, a math teacher taught her how to program a calculator; she was pretty much hooked then and there. Currently working towards a degree in Computer Science and Applied Math, Breanna hope to someday make games instead of just writing about them. Other hobbies include playing guitar, binge-watching Netflix, and cooking delicious food.

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