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Monday, 15 July 2013 20:29

Valve opens up Pipeline for highschoolers

Valve CEO Gabe "Gaben" Newell Valve CEO Gabe "Gaben" Newell

Video game master Valve has come up with an internship program for high school students, teaching them vital skills as part of an, er, "experiment."

Pipeline will be a website involving high school students who plan on entering the big bad world of game development, and will be entirely created and maintained by said students.

The site will deal with frequently asked questions about the industry, such as what to study, or what the best way is to find work with a games developer.

"There are two main reasons that Valve is creating Pipeline," the company said on its Pipeline website.

"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)."

It will be interesting indeed to see how these younguns go in the workplace, and if they can keep up with the challenges and problems that will no doubt face them.

The Pipeline site is still clearly pre-release, but you can wander over to the Pipeleine site to sign up to the email list, or find out more in video form below.

Valve is the company behind Half-Life and its sequel Half-Life 2, two of the most revered PC games of all time.


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