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Valve has announced a new program called Pipeline designed to help teenagers interested in video game design answer some of their questions about the industry.
The program will help both Valve and young game designers. Valve has always hired industry veterans with lots of experience, but it has hired a group of inexperienced teenagers in order 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." The teenagers will then share their experience and knowledge online on the Pipeline website.
You can find out more about Pipeline by checking out the video below, or heading to the website. Both the website and the video were created by the members of the Pipeline team.
[Source: Valve Pipeline via Endgadget]
Our TakeValve always does things a little bit different – and this is especially different. It's these sort of experiments, however, that puts Valve on the cutting edge and has made it a successful company. It might also make Valve more open to bringing in young unproven talent, which would be especially helpful for young game designers interested in working for Valve, of which I am sure there are many.
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Wonder if I can get into this.
As always Valve, very interesting.
Well I just visited a college for video game design so I will definitely look into this
I've never really been a Valve fanboy, but it always amazes me how much they care for their craft. They're one of the few game companies I really love supporting.
Valve is like the George Washington of the Game Industry, when I say George Washington I mean totally badass.
where do i sign
That's really cool, I wonder how they got involved in that program. I would sure like to work for a company like Valve one day!
Sounds like a clever program. I'd like to see whether their involvement in the program will affect the way the industry's job market functions in the future.
I would love to get into this.
They always need more people to make hats.