The Steam Dev Days event is not going to happen in 2017 or even 2018 according to Valve. The developer-only event has been a fixture a number of years and it brought together devs both large and small to talk about the business and ideas.
According to Valve’s Tom Giardino, it’s not on their fixture list for the foreseeable future tweeting, “Definitely not in 2017 and not very likely for 2018. What sort of things would you want to hear about at any future Valve events or talks?”
While the event is not open to the public or press, it has given us an insight into the workings at Valve and future Valve developments. We got a first look at the Steam controller back in 2015, we learned that Steam Machines were apparently going to be a thing, VR was all the rage at the event in 2014, and more recently we were shown the new VR prototype controller.
What will be missed are the panels which were usually put online for public consumption after the event. Last year for example, there were great panels on the Steam platform, the future of VR games, Steam 101 on marketing, and more. Thes will be greatly missed and hopefully Valve will bring the Dev days back eventually. It was an interesting event whether you were in the industry, sitting on the periphery, or even a consumer.
Let’s hope Valve doesn’t take a break from it for too long and hopefully the reason Steam Dev Days is being canned for now is because they are working on new games. Valve is apparently working on three new VR games and Gabe Newell has hinted last year that they are still working on “fully-fledged single player games”.
Only time will tell whether it’s been put on hold simply because they are too busy making new games for once and not just selling them.