Gabe Newell has responded to a series of reports about layoffs at Valve by saying that while some changes have been made at the studio, no projects have been cancelled and it is business as usual.
A string of reports followed a tweet from Jeri Ellsworth suggesting that she had been fired from Valve yesterday. Gamasutra later claimed that as many as thirty staff could have been let go from the developer, while Develop ran a story suggesting that the studio’s director of business Jason Holtman has now left the company.
No official confirmation has been forthcoming either way, although the various reports prompted Valve boss Gabe Newell to send a statement to Engadget in an attempt to quell the rumours, in which he does confirm that there have been some “recent changes” at the company.
“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,” said Newell. “No, we aren’t cancelling 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 here]. We’re not going to discuss why anyone in particular is or isn’t working here.”
We’ve contacted Valve for clarification.