These Guys Got a Tour of Valve HQ And Have Pictures to Make You Jealous

The team that won a Team Fortress 2 contest visits the acclaimed company's office and details the trip in a series of photos.

Ever wondered what Valve's headquarters in Bellevue, Washington looks like from the inside? Wonder no more, as today we are given an inside look at the office space where games like Portal and Half-Life are made, thanks to images posted on Imgur (via Reddit).

The images come from the team that won Valve's 2013 "Saxxies" contest with their Team Fortress 2 "Lil Guardian Pyro" short. For their victory, Valve flew them to Bellevue for a tour of the offices and a chance to meet with some designers and get a look at in-development projects.

The images show off Valve's famous desks on wheels, the cafeteria, gym, and motion capture studio. We even get a glimpse at the latest Steam Controller, which was blurred for "reasons." If the guests got to see the rumored Half-Life 3, they didn't write about it or include any images. Oh well. We can still dream.

Is Valve's office everything you hoped it would be? Let us know in the comments below!

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xdude85
xdude85

Notice how Valve doesn't have a 3rd floor.

Sl4cka
Sl4cka

I believe the analogue clock in the photo represents the release schedule for HL3.

Sl4cka
Sl4cka

I believe the analogue watch in the photo represents the release schedule for HL3.

cratecruncher
cratecruncher

Good 'ol rainy Bellevue.  I used to office out of there occasionally on the 12th floor of one of those bland cubes referred to as architecture. I do recall that the 10 days out of the year the sun came out I could see the snow covered cone of Mount Rainier way off to the southeast.  The natural scenery was just amazingly beautiful. The trees in the area get huge and with all that rain I used to joke I could hear them growing.  The only problem for me was that after 6:00 there wasn't a thing to do but drive across the lake to Seattle.  Nothing going on in Bellevue but WORK.

trust2112
trust2112

Who cares what the HQ look like, I'm more interested in hearing that they will start on Half Life games.

blacksaibot
blacksaibot

The valve gym? LOL.... obviously Gabe Newell is not even aware of that section.

Talavaj
Talavaj

I like Valve, the company that does nothing but makes millions.

prime_l
prime_l

THAT is my Disneyland. Happiest place on earth.

faizanhd
faizanhd

That Half-Life PC case...............................

I NEED IT.

DeadrisingX1
DeadrisingX1

 The portal gun and gravity gun... *reaches arm out to the computer monitor*

deth420
deth420

golden crowbar...thats the key to the city ;)

nintendo_police
nintendo_police

The last picture made me wonder if Gabe ever stepped in his own gym.

liquidbutter
liquidbutter

HA. Knew it was an Eddie article before I clicked. Knew it had to Eddie to write such a clickbait article. So predictable.

omar_q
omar_q

Ah yes Valve, quite possibly the most overrated game developer ever. 

The only thing they genuinely created on their own and deserve recognition for is Steam and Halflife (which gets overpraised anyway, Metroid Prime kicks its ass comfortably). Everything else, from Portal to Team Fortress to Dota 2 to L4D and beyond have been popular mods being bought out by them.

mdign
mdign

 Wow, I'm astounded by the amount of racism at Valve.

Full of white supremacists, no other ethnicity to be found.

Not buying a valve product ever again.

vadagar1
vadagar1

hmmm wish that portal gun worked :p

meedokicky
meedokicky

Enjoyed looking through the pictures, I like behind the scene stuff :)

grats to the winners!


Now I want to know why did they blur the controller? :P

world4games
world4games

Not even 1 girl is those pictures, not jealous.

Poodger
Poodger

Valve is probably the best in the industry right now. They are certainly my favorite.

rjh_24
rjh_24

so thats what pc gamers look like huh   not far off from what i pictured

IceCweam
IceCweam

@trust2112  Oh they're working on it all right. Just in secrecy. And for a long while now. Thanks to the inspiration of the world of Skyrim, HL3 will have similar aspects like a huge open world with loads of quests. By the time HL3 gets released we'll all be grandpa's and grandma's. Enjoy what's out now and what's been officially announced as coming out soon.  :)

tr4newreck
tr4newreck

@omar_q metroid prime?! your nuts... overrated game developer!? your more than nuts.... they branched out and made a wonderful game service that EVERYBODY is now trying to copy... 


and metroid prime!?  ugh... fps metroid is an abomination, it shows nintendo sold out during the FPS craze, instead of making unique ideas and games like they said, they sold out


fps metroid is crap, the original games created a genre! and the idiots at nintendo turned it into a fps, and people like you cheer for another mediocre fps


lonesamurai1
lonesamurai1

@omar_q  Metroid Prime isn't the cult classic that Half-Life is besides Metroid is like a kiddie Fisher Price game, Half-Life is for adults with serious hardware and that's why it garners such high praise from reviewers, kinda like the difference between Crysis and Killzone, the latter never stands a chance.

sergeshd123
sergeshd123

@omar_q they are to master of foreshadowing and story, oh I almost forgot,  FPS as well

Mommas_b_o_y
Mommas_b_o_y

@mdign oh brother, just cause you didn't see any other; doesn't mean they're not there. oh look the team that won is all white. must be a white supremacist conspiracy.

sergeshd123
sergeshd123

@mdign dude, remember that Minh Le is an Asian and he used to work for Valve. that doesn't sound racism to me

musalala
musalala

@mdign I agree and I one measly woman......................... ONE!!!!!!!! what is this Victorian England

prime_l
prime_l

@meedokicky I thought that. It was like, 'That looks great!' .. 'But how does it work?' >.>

Poodger
Poodger

@world4games There actually was a female in one of those pictures. She was an employee at Valve.

Poodger
Poodger

@rjh_24 As compared to children, aka the console target audience

kachan64
kachan64

@lonesamurai1 @nintendo_police hmm, then someone have to wear his skin or some how moves his body.

rjh_24
rjh_24

@Poodger @rjh_24 atleast the little kids that play on consoles might grow up to have a little respect for their bodys 

rjh_24
rjh_24

@Poodger @rjh_24 like i said this is your LIFE i only come here mayb 2 times a week to see whats goin on in the gaming world

rjh_24
rjh_24

@Poodger @rjh_24 if your a pc gamer you never grow up lol your stuck in your fantasy world where you never get out of 

nl_skipper
nl_skipper

@rjh_24  Might as well cut back on that if you only come here to insult contest winners...

rjh_24
rjh_24

@nl_skipper @rjh_24 PC MASTER RACE = slobs that lives revolve around video games and im sad and unfortunate hahahahaha

barto300
barto300

@rjh_24 @nl_skipper i really wonder where you get all this pc gamers being 'slobs' info. link pls? And if people like to spend their time on games then that is their choice. I don't think it really matters if it's pc or console. I spend alot of time on both of them becouse some games are ment to be played on consoles (fifa, mortal kombat) and some on PC (moddeble games, twitch shooters, strategy games) So i think that you are full of crap but also the people with a 180 degrees opinion of yours are full of crap.