Valve layoffs, This Day In Gaming History



How is it going everybody, Adrian Simple here from The Gaming Observer, and this is your Daily Gaming Update for March 12th, 2019. Head over to for links and a transcript of today’s report. Today was a super slow news day, so I’m going to do a single news item, and then move on to something a little different that I haven’t done on the show before.\

Valve lays off 13 employees, including Richard Garfield

Last week, it was revealed that 13 employees had been let go from Valve. At the time, all we knew was that there were some losses in VR and hardware, but we are now aware that Richard Garfield, and his contracting company Three Donkeys, were also a part of that release. For those of you who don’t happen to know, Richard Garfield is the designer of Magic: The Gathering, as well as the most recent Valve game Artifact, which had one of the biggest flops in recent history. This is what Garfield had to say about it, quote “We weren’t surprised by the layoff considering how rocky the launch was…The layoff makes sense for a number of reasons. To name a couple; now that the game is out there, time is more critical, so more voices within the team that you have to navigate may not be as good as making less considered decisions faster. Another – the expertise that Three Donkeys brought is less critical after listening to us for four-plus years.” endquote. So while this didn’t seem like there was any hostility with the split, I’m not sure that it bodes well for the future of the game, which they claim to still want to support, citing multiple times that they were “in it for the long haul.”

This Day In Gaming History (March 11)

Alright since there isn’t much news to talk about today, I thought I would do something fun and try out a segment which I will call “This Day in Gaming History”. This isn’t a segment I will ever plan on doing, I think it’s just going to come around on the days that I want to give you something, but there just isn’t any news that you will likely find valuable. So I’m actually going to do the day that I record this briefing, March 11th, instead of March 12th because it is a far more interesting day. So anyway, on this day in gaming history, the following occurred. In 1995, Chrono Trigger released for the first time in Japan on the Super Nintendo. I’m sure I’ll make many of you feel old when I say that this happened 3 years before I was born. Then, 15 years ago in 2004, the first Monster Hunter released on the Playstation 2. 2014 had a pretty huge March 11th with the simultaneous release of Dark Souls II, Hearthstone, and Titanfall. What a day that must’ve been eh? And then after that we have Ori and the Blind Forest in 2015, and Hitman in 2016. I would’ve loved to have had like an interesting story that would have been published on a March 11th, but unfortunately no archive exists of that sort of thing other than game releases. I hope that this was at least somewhat interesting to you, and sorry if it wasn’t, I’m still trying new things with the show.

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