Valve is launching a program called “pipeline”, which will give teenagers help with getting involved with game development.
Pipeline is an experimental program managed by Valve’s interns that hopes to help teenager get involved in game development. “We are frequently asked questions by teenagers about the video game industry,” wrote Valve on Pipeline’s website, “‘What is it like to work on video games? What should I study? What colleges are best for preparing me? How do I get a job in video games?’ Pipeline will be a place where those questions can be discussed.”
In other words, Pipeline is, well, a pipeline for getting into the games industry. Valve isn’t stopping with advice though; they want to see if it’s possible to train some of the teenagers in the art of video game development: “Traditionally Valve has been a very good place for very experienced video game developers, and not so good at teaching people straight out of school,” explains Valve, “pipeline is an experiment to see if we can take a group of high school students with minimal work experience and train them in the skills and methods necessary to be successful at a company like Valve.”
At the moment, Pipeline is little more than a website, but knowing Valve, it may become a pretty big deal. Valve has a reputation for innovation in the games industry, and it wouldn’t be the first time they spread their wings beyond their origins as a developer.