There have been reports today that several employees have been laid off at Valve. The layoffs have occurred at multiple departments according to one report and up to 25 employees have been let go.
Hardware engineer Jeri Ellsworth was laid off was the first confirmed name to be laid off. She was hired in August 2011 as a hardware engineer to work on the next generation consoles.
"Wow. I suddenly have a lot of spare time. Got fired today. Time for new exciting projects," Ellsworth tweeted.
Jason Holtman, Valve's director of business, was also laid off according to Develop. Holtman played an important developing the relationship between Valve and developers who have released games on Steam. Hotman was hired in 2005.
Gamasutra is reporting that as many as 25 employees may have been laid off. The majority of layoffs have come at the hardware and Android departments. The layoffs are due to challenges in the company and not due to the performance of the employees let go.
Valve's official employee list has several employee names missing, which suggest that these people were laid off as well. The name missing include Jason Holtman which has been confirmed, lead visual designer Moby Francke, developers Tom Leonard and Elan Ruskin, animators Keith Huggins and Matthew Russel,artists realm lovejoy and Bay Raitt, and lead tester Marc Nagel.