Valve has laid off 13 staff members, primarily from its virtual reality division.
Speaking to Variety, a Valve spokesperson said: “Last month, 13 full-time employees were let go and a portion of our contractor agreements were terminated. It’s an unfortunate part of business, but does not represent any major changes at the company. We thank those affected for their contribution and wish them well in future endeavours.”
Valve’s primary involvement in the world of VR was developing the HTC Vive’s tracking hardware, and rumours have long persisted that the company was working on its own VR headset. One of the laid off employees was Nat Brown, who tweeted: “Ohai 🙂 so as of 7 Feb I’m no longer doing VR at Valve.”
Variety correctly reports that VR headset manufacturers are moving towards using internal trackers, rather than the external ones which Valve made for the HTC Vive, which could explain the redundancies. For further Valve-related news, keep an eye on the company’s website.