Valve hires BitTorrent creator
I noticed over at Shacknews
that Valve has hired BitTorrent creator Bram Cohen. The New York Times has the scoop
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Out of the blue, he heard from Gabe Newell, the managing director of Valve Software, based in nearby Bellevue, Wash. Valve is developing what gaming experts anticipate will be a blockbuster video game, Half-Life 2, but it is also creating an online distribution network that it calls Steam. Because of Mr. Cohen's expertise in just that area, Valve offered him a job. He moved to Seattle and started work in October.
Steam's first major test was September's Counter-Strike 1.6 release, and that didn't go so well. Valve was caught off guard by higher than expected demand for both Steam and Counter-Strike, which created all sorts of problems for those trying to download content and authenticate product keys to play online. Let's hope that the brains behind BitTorrent can patch things up in time for what will undoubtedly be a massive demand for Half-Life 2.