New Zealand is one of the few countries across the world that is handling the COVID-19 pandemic relatively well. The country reported almost no positive cases for several weeks in a row and made it to the headlines in global media.
Gabe Newell has been living in New Zealand since March 2020, which may be due to the aforementioned reason in attempts to protect himself from the deadly virus. Apparently, Newell might be planning to move the Valve headquarters to the country as well, at least temporarily.
In an interview with Geoff Keighley in a Game Awards Zoom meeting yesterday, Gaben has shared his plans about the future of Valve.
According to a recent video by VNN Tyler, it was implied that Newell may be planning to meet the New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, to discuss moving the Valve HQ to the country. This would not only help the company move to a safer environment overall, but it would also spare the employees from working from home.
“Because I’ve been going on a pro-New Zealand campaign lately, I’m probably going to be meeting with the Prime Minister,” Newell said, “and one of the positions I’m going to be arguing for is that, given there is something super valuable that has been created here in New Zealand due to the hard work of the population of New Zealand, there is likely a large want to temporarily relocate production teams into the country.”