Analysis: Valve and the Third Game
Yesterday Valve is reported to have launched their long-awaited Source 2 engine as part of the new DOTA 2 Workshop Tools. Valve isn’t confirming that this is actually Source 2 – but Steam and DOTA 2 communities are confident that is the case. Why is this important news?
Well it may not be. Let’s start this story from the beginning.
Valve Corporation was founded by long-time Microsoft employees Gaben Newell and Mike Harrington on August 24, 1996. Newell and Harrington privately funded Valve through the development of a little game called “Half-Life.”
“Half-Life” was developed using the Quake engine which featured real-time 3D renderings and was originally created for the 1996 game “Quake.” “Half-Life” was originally planned to be released late 1997, but was delayed till November 19, 1998. Valve later acquired TF Software PTY Ltd, the makers of a mod called “The Team Fortress Mod” for “Quake,” with the intent to create a stand-alone game titled “Team Fortress.”