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Devs want to work for Valve more than themselves - Survey

IGDA poll finds Steam firm tops list of desirable places to work, beating out "my own company"

Game developers want to work for Valve more than any other outfit, including their own, according to the International Game Developers Association's annual Developer Satisfaction Survey.

The group today released results from a poll of more than 2,200 developers earlier this year that asked for their most desired publisher or developer to work for. The full list follows below:

  1. Valve
  2. My own company
  3. Activision Blizzard
  4. BioWare
  5. Ubisoft
  6. Current employer
  7. Nintendo
  8. Naughty Dog
  9. Double Fine
  10. Bethesda Game Studios

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Valve is love, Valve is life.
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Darren Adams Managing Director, ChaosTrend2 years ago
I love Valve as a company but they don't really make games anymore which would put me off working there.
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Russell Watson Senior Designer, Born Ready Games2 years ago
I wonder how much of that is to do with the security of having Steam.
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Darren Adams Managing Director, ChaosTrend2 years ago
Steam was an inspired decision by Valve all those years ago and has put them firmly at the top of the PC market food chain. I personally would put a fair chunk of the revenue back into making games with the Valve branding, as it still has prestige IMO.

I also think they are barking up the wrong tree going into hardware and would rather them focus on selling and making games. They are damn good at making quality games and would love to see more titles and a few more teams working under the Valve brand.
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Nicholas Lovell Founder, Gamesbrief2 years ago
I wonder how much of that is because Valve's PR is fantastic. Many of their F2P games use psychological techniques every bit as maniuplative as Zynga's while the Steam sales are a masterclass in high-pressure sales techniques based on artificial scarcity. Yet games love them.

Half Life 3. Half Life 3. Half Life 3.
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Andreia Quinta Photographer, Studio52 London2 years ago
I just wish Valve would actually learn how to count to 3 on any of their IPs...
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Thomas Dolby Project Manager / Lead Programmer, Ai Solve2 years ago
@Darren Adams "they don't really make games anymore"

Valve have actually released a game nearly every year since they released Half Life, they are about as active as any standard developer. I think you mean they haven't released the game you're waiting for :) I share your pain though as the last thing they made that interested me was Portal 2 which was 3 years ago. I admire them as a company but that feeling is slowly fading as they change direction.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Thomas Dolby on 20th August 2014 1:35pm

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Darren Adams Managing Director, ChaosTrend2 years ago
@Thomas

Shhhhh, don't let on, we all just want HL3. ;)
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Thomas Kochan CEO & Founder, Feel Free 2 Play2 years ago
What a surprise. Congratulations to Tim Schafer and Double Fine, the only indie-ish studio that made it into this top 10 list among all those AAA studios and publishers.
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Roland Austinat roland austinat media productions|consulting, IDG, Computec, Spiegel Online2 years ago
I find it interesting how high BioWare is in this list.

And I'd definitely include Oddworld Inhabitants there, despite their somewhat anemic output over the last decade. ;)
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