While Valve’s reputation as a gaming developer may be arguably overrated (I think it is), the company is undeniably an innovative leader when it comes to gaming marketing, management, and pushing the gaming community’s social environment into the future. It’s continued to prove its genius in the field with the growth and management of Steam, and is now looking to help further the education of up-and-coming teenage developers through Pipeline.
Pipeline is a website entirely created and run by teenage interns at value for the sole purpose of helping guide prospective game developers through the steps they need to fulfill their dreams. It seeks to answer intern inquiries and questions pertaining to career development paths within the gaming industry.
The site is pretty much little more than a glorified FAQ at the moment, but it plans to extend well beyond that by using the questions asked as a springboard for content ideas.
While the site itself is fairly mundane, the real experiment is taking place behind the scenes. Valve is letting a group of teenage interns run the entire show to see if younger, inexperienced minds and adapt to the high-pressure gaming industry and be successful.
The industry currently places a massive emphasis on prior experience, which makes it difficult for younger developers to get the experience they need to make it to the next level. If Valve’s experiment is a success, it could open quite a few doors for future generations.
Would you leave the creation, development, and management of your site up to a bunch of teenagers who haven’t even graduated high school yet?
Source – Engadget
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