HTC Vive collaborator Valve is a fairly secretive company by most standards. Its CEO and co-founder Gabe Newell makes the odd appearance at events but in terms of virtual reality (VR) it’s been Chet Faliszek who’s become the main spokesperson for the firm. Today it’s been revealed that Faliszek has now left Valve.
Faliszek confirmed his departure to GamesIndustry.biz, saying “Nothing exciting or drama filled. I worked there 12 years, shipped a bunch of great games and some amazing hardware and wanted to change things up. There’s no news on what’s next etc, I will let you know when that happens.”
The videogame developer and writer became a regular attendee at most events, not just for the VR side of things. With the emergence of VR he became the main liaison for developers looking to get into that side of the industry and utilise the HTC Vive platform.
His body of work speaks for itself, having been part of the writing team for Half-Life 2: Episode 1 and 2, Portal, Portal 2, Left for Dead, Left for Dead 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Dota 2.
Faliszek’s departure adds another to Valve’s roster of talented ex-writers, with Erik Wolpaw and Marc Laidlaw having already left. He previously worked with Wolpaw on the now defunct gaming website Old Man Murray.
As Faliszek said in his statement, he’s yet to confirm what he plans to do next. Whether he stays within the sphere of VR and lends his writing skills to another developer is anyone’s guess – VR does need more writing talent not less at this juncture.
As further details emerge on Faliszek’s future plans VRFocus will keep you informed.