Wolpaw says he’s just helping out for now
Writer Erik Wolpaw, who worked at Valve on games like, , and , is back working for the developer after , he tells Polygon. Wolpaw says he is not a full-time employee at Valve, however.
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Wolpaw’s return to Valve was spotted bywho spied the writer’s name in the credits for , the recently released card game. That Reddit user said they reached out to Valve founder Gabe Newell, who reportedly said, “He’s back.”
We reached out to Wolpaw today for confirmation. He told us he’s helping Valve in a contractual capacity, working with writers Jay Pinkerton, Steve Jaros, and Sean Vanaman when needed.
“I’ve had a contractor agreement with Valve since the day I stormed out and then immediately timidly stormed back in to ask could I please have my old job back and they said no and I was like good because I’m too busy to work for you anyway and they said but you can be a contractor and I said oh thank god okay I’ll do that,” Wolpaw said via email. “I’ve been helping Pinkerton and Jaros and Vanaman whenever they need it. It’s been busier on that front lately, but I’m not currently a full time employee. My main gig is still delivering juice for my niece Jodi’s vegan juice shop plus an unpaid internship playing Slay the Spire three hours a day.”
Wolpaw’s return to the game maker after nearly two years comes after a spate of writing talent departures that included VR evangelistand Half-Life scribe .