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Valve severs ties with Bay Area team, ex-employees form indie start-up


Valve has cut ties with a small San Francisco development team it established last year, IGN reports.

Valve hired on Popcap and Blizzard veterans Tod Semple and Jeff Gates to head up the subsidiary back in December. Though the two are no longer employed by Valve, Semple and Gates will continue working on their current project as the newly christened Temple Gates Games.

"Jeff and I are working on indie games again," Semple told IGN. "We were working for Valve in a remote office in San Mateo. It turned out that there weren't many benefits for either side in that arrangement. Valve was super cool about it and is letting us continue to work on our game, and is also giving us the office."

Valve chimed in with a statement: "We were big fans of their prior work. We worked with them during their startup phase, but they're independent now and still working on their game. We wish them the best of luck."

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