The people behind the curtain: Gabe “Gaben” Newell

​Video games advancement has always moved at the speed of computer technology evolution. Great innovative thinking has made that possible. Greats like Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Steven “The Woz” Wozniak…..Gabe “Gaben” Newell?

Meet Gabe Newell, the richest man in the video game business…

Gabe Newell is worth over $4 billion, and the company he founded, Valve Software, is one of the most successful game companies in the world.

Using money earned from being an early Microsoft employee, Newell (and former partner Mike Harrington) created Valve Software. The company initially focused on creating traditional, narrative-driven single-player games. Classics like “Half-Life” and “Half-Life 2” came from this era, but what really put Valve on the map was Steam.

Sound familiar? It should: Steam is, by far, the most widely-used digital storefront online.

Gabe “Gabel” Newel is probably best known to many as a prolific internet “troll”. A reputation he earned after the multiple delays to Valves “Half Life 3”.


After a 13-year stint at Microsoft, Newell and fellow employee Mike Harrington left the company and used their profits to found a video-game studio, Valve Software. After a meeting with John Carmack, co-founder of id Software, they decided to license the Quake engine to create their first video game, Half-Life. Valve later acquired TF Software PTY Ltd, the makers of the Team Fortress mod for Quake, in May 1998 with the intent to create a standalone Team Fortress game.

Gabe Newell has developed a sizable Internet reputation for a number of topics related to his work with Valve and position in the video game industry. He has been known for his controversial opinions on console gaming, calling the PlayStation 3 a “total disaster” and Xbox Live a “trainwreck”.

Since the success of Half-Life, Newell and the Valve team have worked on numerous other video game series, such as Counter-Strike, Left 4 Dead and Portal. Valve games are built on its Source engine, which owes much of its success to mods and sequels.

Due to the delays, Gabe Newell has gained an Internet reputation as a troll. Urban Dictionary lists “Gabing” as a “slang term for a game being late or delayed.”
Read more: Gabe Newell – Know your Meme

Fact is, there’s been NO third installment of any Valve game currently.

Reddit AMA Jan 2017
When news broke that Valve CEO Gabe Newell was going to hold a Reddit AMA (ask me anything) session, gamers all over the world already knew that “Half Life 3” questions were coming and thus the wait for any new details potentially related to the sequel began.

In response to the Redditor’s question wondering about the status of “Half Life 3,” Newell dodged the query as only he could, stating that “the number 3 must not be said.

On Steam customer support:

“Since the last AMA, we’ve introduced refunds on Steam, we’ve grown our Support staff by roughly 5x, and we’ve shipped a new help site and ticketing system that makes it easier to get help. We’ve also greatly reduced response times on most types of support tickets and we think we’ve improved the quality of responses. We definitely don’t think we’re done though.”


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