In a post on their blog, Campo Santo have revealed that they will be joining the Valve team. Campo Santo, who you may know for their game Firewatch, said in a post that the 12 team members will be joining Valve and continuing production on their current project In The Valley Of Gods.
Campo Santo state that:
“In Valve we found a group of folks who, to their core, feel the same way about the work that they do (this, you may be surprised to learn, doesn’t happen every day). In us, they found a group with unique experience and valuable, diverse perspectives. It quickly became an obvious match.”
However it seems that nothing will change, with the team adding:
“Yes, we’re still making In the Valley of Gods (as a Valve game!); yes, we’ll still support Firewatch; and yes, we’ll still produce The Quarterly Review and our regular blog content. Thanks so much for your interest in our games and we’ll see you in Washington.”
This move proves that Valve were serious when they said they would be returning to the world of video game production. However you may remember the name Campo Santo for a different reason.
They were the studio which flagged a “false” copyright strike against Youtuber Pewdiepie after he used a racial slur in a livestream. The strike was Santo’s way of showing their objection to Pewdiepie’s use of the word and, although the copyright claim was seem by many as unjust, Youtube accepted the strike. Many developers do not flag copyright strikes against Youtubers, as it is seen as mutually benefical; Youtuber get money and developers get exposure. It is somewhat of a gray area which is still up for discussion with many Let’s Players.
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