Gamasutra today reported that several employees from Valve Corporation were laid off on Tuesday, terminations said to involve "large decisions," according to their report.
Further, Jason Holtman, Valve's director of business development, is among eight persons no longer listed in the company's public employee directory.
Valve has not responded to requests for comment on the matter. Gamasutra said the cuts affected the company's hardware and android development departments. The total laid off is rumored to be 25, but that number is unconfirmed.
The noted animator Bay Raitt also is no longer in the directory, nor is 10-year Valve veteran Tom Leonard, a programmer with credits on Left 4 Dead and Half-Life 2.
Yesterday morning, Jeri Ellsworth, an engineer working on next-generation hardware technology, said she had been dismissed. No reasons were given.
[Update] Valve boss Gabe Newell, in a statement reported by Engadget, refused to comment on the reasons for the dismissals other than to say "No, we aren't canceling any projects. No, we aren't changing any priorities or projects we've been discussing."
The original headline for this article read "Layoffs Rumored at Valve, Business Director No Longer With the Company."