Gabe applies for NZ residency but isn’t taking Valve with him

It seems Valve president and co-founder Gabe Newell doesn't currently have plans to move the studio or developers to New Zealand after all. Recent reports indicated the dev was planning on meeting with the country's prime minister to potentially discuss this topic - however, while Newell has now confirmed he is applying for New Zealand residency, it appears there aren't any plans to open a Valve office in the country at this time. TVNZ's One News reports that Newell has told the site: "I do not have a meeting lined up with the PM", and, additionally: "Valve does not currently have plans to open an office in New Zealand, which isn't to say that it would be a bad idea. It's just not something we are working on". However, Newell has confirmed to One News that he is applying for New Zealand residency. So, it seems he's looking into staying in New Zealand on a long-term basis, though he didn't specify to the site which visa he's applying for. Newell has been based over in New Zealand since way back in March, following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic around the world.

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