Originally Posted by ArcticWolf
I don't know, Team Fortress and L4D are pretty big to ignore. They also have a lot of irons in the fire (Steam Movie Maker, Greenlight or whatever that morphs into, selling applications through Steam, the hardware stuff, hedging the Linux bet). On the whole they seem a lot more innovative that most places.
Its cool to hear this sort of stuff. I have previously read that Valve remunerates better than most places, so a bonus heavy structure would make sense - not guaranteed to earn better, but potential to earn much better.
Yeah, I agree completely. They also have Michael Abrash working for them, on wearable computing. So in a sense Valve is just like Google, except they have different data on different things (user's computer software and hardware) and they also good at monetizing things.
Steam is because they know that the money is in the distribution, being the middleman. And now they want to focus on Linux (which is the right time too, considering that there are Ubuntu phones and tablet in the works). And the Filmmaker software, they are looking at the angle too. They did the right thing by releasing it early when CryEngine Studios(?) is still being kept only to the big boys.
We will see...