Post by Steve Farrelly @ 09:53am 02/10/09 | 25 Comments
A little while ago, Newell was asked if he would fly a local game designer, Joe W-A, to Seattle after Joe had heard Newell flew the heads of a boycott community, rallying around Left 4 Dead 2, to their Seattle-based HQ. Apparently Joe had a Mod he desperately wanted Newell to see, and jokingly in return, Newell said if Joe could raise the funds to get him to Australia, he would come.
That money was raised in 48 hours, and now, true to his promise, the Valve head has issued a press release stating that he'd be heading to Australia to meet Joe. Oddly enough, AusGamers was asked to keep a date next week free for some specific Valve-related press event, leading us to believe the two are linked.
This couldn't come at a better time though, with Left 4 Dead 2 RC'd by the ratings board, putting this much media and press behind the game, and Valve themselves will likely work in favour of the recent RC appeal issued by Valve.
The official 'Gabe Rocking Aus' press release also states: "If you are based in Australia or visiting there during the middle of next week, please let us know if you would like to attend the meeting".
Stay tuned to see how this all pans out.