Erik Wolpaw leaves Valve, was screenwriter for ‘Portal’ and ‘Half-Life 2’

After more than a decade working for Valve, screenwriter Erik Wolpaw has decided to put an end to his working relationship with the company that owns Steam. Among his works are contributions to emblematic games such as ‘Portal’, ‘Portal 2’ and the episodic add-ons of ‘Half-Life 2’.

The name of Erik Wolpaw also appears in the credits of games like ‘Left 4 Dead’ and ‘Counter-Strike: Global Offensive’. In the world of the vignette, he also contributed to the official comics of Team Fortress.

Awarded for his work in ‘Psychonauts’

Another great contribution of Wolpaw to the industry was the script of ‘Psychonauts’, game that in 2006 allowed him to obtain the prize to the best script in the Game Developers Choice Awards. Since 2015 collaborates with Double Fine Productions in ‘Psychonauts 2’, game that will go on sale in late 2018 if there is no setback.

Prior to joining Valve, Wolpaw also contributed texts for the Old Man Murray portal with Chet Faliszek, who later became a screenwriter for Harrington and Newell. Born in the United States, Wolpaw managed as a college student to develop two games for the Atari console that were published by Antic in 1983 and 1984.

Although in 2004 he was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, an inflammatory disease of the colon, Wolpaw did not leave the company. Gabe Newell showed his support by letting him rest and paying him while he recovered. “Your job right now is to get back,” Newell told him at the time, “go home with your wife and come back when you’ve recovered.”

It came as a shock to those who value the scripts of the great games of Valve, the news of the departure of Marc Laidlaw from the company in 2016. Laidlaw was one of the scriptwriters for Half-Life and Half-Life 2.

However, the departure of these professionals from the company will not surprise anyone, since in recent years we have seen how Valve no longer focuses on the production of video games.


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