Gabe Newell Discusses Valve Moving to New Zealand
New Zealand seems to have a pretty good handle on COVID-19, unlike America. So in a recent interview, Gabe Newell, co-founder of Value discussed the notion of moving the company to New Zealand. This would also mean the DOTA 2 and CSGO Majors would also likely move there, as well as DOTA 2: The International. As an interesting note, Gabe Newell and many Valve employees are staying in New Zealand presently, due to the COVID-19 crisis.
A Future in New Zealand
It’s important to say that this is not 100% confirmed yet. He hasn’t made any definite plans, and he doesn’t want to jump the gun. But there is a great deal of discussion going on in Seattle, Washington right now. The major reason for this move is that New Zealand has an exceptionally low number of COVID-19 cases right now. Is Valve moving to New Zealand? Nothing’s for sure, but they are certainly discussing it as a possibility.
Apparently, it’s more realistic every day to have the Valve esports tournaments be held in New Zealand. If this does go down, we wonder what will happen to the American employees. Will whole families have to move to New Zealand? At this point, it doesn’t sound so terrible.
On the topic of tournaments, Gabe Newell also spoke about this:
“I literally could not, if I had to guess when it would be safe to do an in-person tournament anywhere [else] in the world, it would be very hard for me to say that — whereas I think, with a lot of confidence, we’d be able to plan for that in New Zealand.”
New Zealand has had 1,906 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 25 deaths. Compared to America’s 400K+ deaths, the numbers don’t lie. It sounds like a terrific idea, provided the people that move to New Zealand also adhere to the nation’s directives concerning the pandemic. Another possible reason is how popular DOTA 2 is in that part of the world. Whatever the decision, it’s huge news that Gabe Newell is considering moving all of Valve to New Zealand.