In case you didn’t know, the Valve headquarters are located in Bellevue, Washington in the United States. That’s where GabeN refuses to make Half-Life 3 and where Valve continues to update their ever-popular esports titles CS: GO and Dota 2, amongst other projects. Enter 32-year-old Shawn Shaputis, a man who broke into Valve’s headquarters and stole over $40,000 worth of equipment and games.
In Rand, $40,000 is roughly R610,000 which is quite a lot of money. According to a report from the news station Kiro 7, charges for a spree of burglaries were filed last month against Shawn Shaputis and at the time, he already had six arrest warrants to his name. This is the same guy who allegedly stole a FedEx truck and led the police on a high-speed chase from Bellevue to Seattle.
The report from Kiro 7 explains that:
It is unclear what type of equipment he stole from Valve when he broke into the developer’s headquarters and which games he took with him. The report further notes that there is a video showing Shawn Shaputis selling the video games he stole at a GameStop outlet.
At the time of writing, no comment has been issued by Valve. If only we could talk to Mr Shawn Shaputis and ask him if he didn’t see anything Half-Life 3 related or Gordon Freeman tied up in a corner somewhere? That would be great…
What do you think about this incident and do you think Shawn Shaputis saw something about an unannounced Valve title from GabeN and co? We can only dream, can’t we?