Why is Valve doing this?
There are two main reasons that Valve is creating Pipeline. The first is that we are frequently asked questions by teenagers about the videogame industry. "What is it like to work on videogames? What should I study? What colleges are best for preparing me? How do I get a job in videogames?" Pipeline will be a place where those questions can be discussed. The second is that Valve is running an experiment. Traditionally Valve has been a very good place for very experienced videogame developers, and not so good at teaching people straight out of school (the reasons for this and the tradeoffs are covered in the Valve employee handbook). Pipeline is an experiment to see if we can take a group of high school students with minimal work experience and train them in the skills and methods necessary to be successful at a company like Valve.
What is the objective of the website itself?
We want to establish a connection to the world of teenagers that are asking many questions about getting into the gaming industry. We look to answer many of these questions and are willing to reach out to the community and give them the information they need.
When coming up with a name we wanted to with something that would connect to Valve to the community. We explored many different options such as "Seed" and "Orenda". "Pipeline" however, best displays the ideas that this team is working with. The idea of directing information at people who want it. The name pipeline displays a direct feed of knowledge from Valve to the general public.
When will this information be released?
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