All's well that ends well.
By Tim Colwill on August 9, 2013 at 1:05 pm
Valve has been maintaining a small satellite studio in San Francisco outside of their major office in Seattle for the last eight months, but this situation has reportedly now changed with Valve opting to close the smaller team down.
“We were working for Valve in a remote office in San Mateo. It turned out that there weren’t many benefits for either side in that arrangement,” said Tod Semple, one of the affected employees, to IGN.
“Valve was super cool about it and is letting us continue to work on our game and is also giving us the office. So Jeff and I are starting up a new company called Temple Gates Games.”
“They’re independent now and still working on their game. We wish them the best of luck,” Valve said in a statement.
This is not the first time Valve has let people go and been totally cool about it; they released their Augmented Reality development team when they decided to pursue VR tech, and the AR engineers affected revealed that Gabe Newell gave them all their work and all the legal rights to continue developing it on their own.