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Published on January 10th, 2008 | by Deejay Knight, Editor/Founder


Valve Acquires Turtle Rock Studios

Valve, highly respected game developer/publisher best known for it’s Half-Life series, it’s Steam content delivery platform, and most recently The Orange Box, have purchased development house Turtle Rock Studios.

Turtle Rock Studios is known for it’s upcoming title Left 4 Dead which runs on Valve’s Source Engine, and also for taking the reigns of continuing Counter-Strike development.

Considering how much work Turtle Rock has done with Valve, this isn’t too surprising a move. This is definitely a situation in which the buyout helps both parties.

Now the only question is when Left 4 Dead hits shelves, because I’m extremely intrigued in this one. Is anyone else keeping track of this one?


Press Release follows:

Valve Acquires Turtle Rock Studios
Leading Content and Technology Company Adds California Studio

Fresh off the success of The Orange Box, the 2007 game of the year award-winning collection of new games heralded as “the best value in gaming history,” Valve Corporation announces the acquisition of Turtle Rock Studios, the Orange County-based development house behind one of 2008’s most anticipated games, Left 4 Dead.

Valve was founded in 1996 and has grown to become one of the game industry’s leading technology and content creators, with a portfolio of over 20 million games sold worldwide. The merger of the two companies extends Valve’s development team and provides the company with a new studio in southern California.

Turtle Rock Studios’ Left 4 Dead joins a growing list of Valve’s game properties which includes the Half-Life, Counter-Strike, Team Fortress and Day of Defeat series of games as well as Portal, introduced as part of The Orange Box.

“We have been seeing very strong growth with Steam and Source, our content distribution and development platforms, up over 150% over the last 12 months. Given our expectations for Left 4 Dead and our long-standing relationships with members of the Turtle Rock team, this was an easy decision. It also gives us a base from which to expand our development activities in the Los Angeles area,” said Gabe Newell, president of Valve.

“Left 4 Dead fills a long-standing demand gamers have had for a co-op first-person action experience, and it will also help Valve’s expansion into the console market,” added Doug Lombardi, Valve’s VP of marketing.

“Valve has had great success bringing in projects and teams such as Team Fortress and Portal. As I spent time working and talking with the creators of those products over the past several years, it became clear that this was the right next step for myself, my colleagues at Turtle Rock, our customers, and our products,” said Michael Booth, founder and CEO of Turtle Rock Studios. “We are excited to be a part of such a visionary and forward-thinking company.”

Founded in 2002 by Michael Booth, Turtle Rock Studios is the creator of Left 4 Dead, named one 2008’s most wanted titles by many of today’s leading game-enthusiast publications and Web sites.

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