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Report: Valve's corporate structure allegedly led to poor BLM response

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People Make Games published a new video digging into Valve, and more specifically the Portal developer's workplace culture. Valve has prided itself on being "boss-free since 1996," and People Makes Games' video goes into how the studio's many shortcomings, particularly when it comes to race.

Following the murder of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement in 2020, employees reportedly wanted the developer to make a statement as other game studios were doing so.

Valve ultimately said nothing, as senior staff allegedly stood their ground against the employees that wanted the developer to make a statement. "That's how Valve rolls," said another source. "They don't feel like they have to say anything, whether it's a trend or a moral compass." In the end, Valve allegedly elected to give every employee $10,000 to donate to a charity of their choosing.

It would also sponsor 2020's Game Devs of Color Expo after numerous developers pulled their games from Steam due to Valve's silence.

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