Valve to keynote Develop in Brighton

Jason Holtman to give insight into business practices
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Core games giant Valve will send its director of business development, Jason Holtman, to Brighton in July to provide the opening keynote address at the Develop Conference.

Holtman (pictured), a former lawyer who now manages the Steam digital distribution business, will offer insight into Valve’s unique corporate structure and how its so-called “no management” practices can give creative companies an advantage.

“Working in a flat, no-management structure means that everyone at Valve drives business, press-relations and marketing decisions in everything Valve does,” Holtman said,

“This keynote will describe and discuss how many of those decisions were made for various Valve products such as Portal 2 and Team Fortress 2, as well as Steam features such as Workshop, and third-party games on Steam.”

The Develop Conference runs from July 10-12th. Early bird ticket rates, which can save delegates up to £135 each, are on offer until June 13th.

Further reading:

Valve on Steam; an interview with Jason Holtman (May 2011)
Valve: Five interviews(May 2011)



Valve on Steam

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Valve: Five interviews

Newell, Backman, Wolpaw, Walker, Johnson, Holtman, Weier, Lombardi, Mitchell and Lundeen; Develop interviews star talent at the world's most important core game studio