The co-founder and CEO of the video game
studio known as Valve
Software. Gabe serves as the unofficial face of Valve
; the studio is widely associated with him and he is widely associated with the studio.Valve
are infamous for their long development cycles, with games that can be in development for as long as 9 years. Combined with frequent delays, these long development times have created the Valve time
Many in-jokes about these delays and long development times were formed. These jokes often make fun of the studio and Gabe himself, calling him lazy and mocking his weight. He is also pictured as a rather greedy man who wants to "keep Half Life 2 Episode 3
to himself" and commonly makes obscure excuses in order to delay it farther. One of the largest spin offs of this small meme is the nickname "Gaben
Most users of these jokes are found in large Valve
communities, such as the Team Fortress 2
community and the Half Life
A: "Why Valve aren't releasing Episode 3 yet?"
B: "Because Gabe Newell ate the Episode 3 game files."
A: "What happened to the new Left 4 Dead
update? I should have been out almost 3 days ago!"
B: "Gabe delayed it again."