In an interview with local media, Gabe Newell, co-founder of Valve Corporation, hinted at a possibility that they would be shifting the company to NZ, something, he added, they have been thinking about. They are also looking to host Counter-Strike global: offensive and Dota 2 international and majors in the country.
Most of the employees, and Newell’s family, shifted to NZ last year, and chose to stay in the wake of the current pandemic.
On shifting the company to New Zealand, the Co-founder noted that he wasn’t ready to jump the gun and confirm plans, although he has held talks regarding shifting its Seattle studio to New Zealand.
Most of the decision has been informed by NZ’s low COVID-19 cases, and by employees in America approving the idea.
Newell also added that them hosting the esports tournaments in New Zealand is becoming more realistic with time, although this is in the initial stages of discussion. He added that he can’t tell when he thinks it would be safe to hold in person tournaments anywhere else around the world, but he noted that they will be able to do that safely in NZ.
It might well be that he is enamored by the country and its effective fight against the virus, which has allowed the co-founder and his group the freedom the traverse the country.