A short while ago, a 19 year old Brisbane modder named Joe emailed Gabe Newell and jokingly asked the renowned Valve CEO why he hasn't been flown to the Valve studios yet. It was a response to the recent news that Valve had flown in the the chief organisers of the Left 4 Dead 2 boycott petition/campaign to come and see the game for themselves. Joe had claimed he was working on a campaign also for Left 4 Dead 1.
Gabe Newell responded and argued that they were boycotting his campaign, and the conversation turned somehow into Joe needing to fly Gabe and Erik Johnson (also from Valve) to Brisbane instead. A donation fund was organised, with some employees from Valve themselves putting some cash into the litter...
This is Robin Walker, from Valve. The rest of us at Valve would sure appreciate a couple of days without Erik around, so thanks for organising this!
Quick question though: if I donated more, would you buy a one-way ticket for him?
Surprisingly, Joe has managed to secure enough donations for a return flight for both Gabe and Erik, with the guys from Valve planning to come down all the way from the states (a 25 hour plane flight, I believe) to play some modders level in Brisbane. Nice!
Now, I reckon this is THE perfect chance for the GDAA to try and nab Gabe and Eric for a talk at Game Connect: Asia Pacific 2009 to be held in Melbourne later this year. Whaddya reckon?!