Founded in 1996 by former Microsoft employees Gabe Newell and Mike Harrington. Their debut product was the very successful video game Half-Life. Valve owns Steam, the world's largest PC video game distribution platform. Billionaire co-founder Gabe Newell owns 50% of the company.
On 23 December 2016 the Australian Federal Court ordered Valve Corporation (Valve) to pay penalties totalling $3 million for breaching the Australian Consumer Law. In March 2016, the Court found that Valve had breached the Australian Consumer Law by making false or misleading representations to consumers in relation to its online gaming platform, Steam. The judge also took into account "Valve's culture of compliance [which] was, and is, very poor". Valve's evidence was 'disturbing' to the Court because Valve 'formed a view...that it was not subject to Australian law...and with the view that even if advice had been obtained that Valve was required to comply with the Australian law the advice might have been ignored". He also noted that Valve had 'contested liability on almost every imaginable point'.
Source: ACCC (2017)
This company was fined 147,000 euros by French authorities in 2018 for failing to implement satisfactory refund policies on its Steam digital storefront.
Source: news article (2018)
Valve and five video game makers have been the target of a European Commission investigation since 2017. The six companies have been charged with using geo-blocking to prevent EU consumers from shopping around for the best video game deals within the 28-country bloc. This company plans to fight the charges.
Source: news article (2019)
In 2020 Valve executives claimed that excessive overtime (crunch) rarely occured at their development studios. The company tries to attempt a good work-life balance to ensure it doesn't "slowly erode your home life by working you to death". Mind you, Valve doesn't make very many games.
Source: Gaming Bolt (2020)
|Revenue||US$4.3 billion in 2017|
|Employees||360 in 2016|
|Address||Bellevue, Washington, USA|
Products / BrandsValve
Counter-Strike Action Games
Counter-Strike Multiplayer Games
DOTA Strategy Games
Half-Life Action-Adventure Games
Left 4 Dead Action-Adventure Games
Portal Other Video Games
Team Fortress Action Games
Team Fortress Multiplayer Games