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Happy Birthday, Gabe Newell!

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On the 3rd of November, 1962, a child was born. Wearing a red polo shirt and a pair of glasses, his first words were “Hi, I’m Gabe Newell, and I work at Valve”, spoken only a few moments after his actual birth. Another few moments passed, and then he, presumably, immediately announced the release of Half-Life, which would, unfortunately, only take place 36 years later. Okay, okay – Valve Time jokes aside, it’s Gabe Newell’s 49th birthday today!

Happy Birthday, Gabe Newell!

Join us in wishing the man responsible for the birth of digital video game distribution; the creation of some of the greatest video game franchises of all time; and bringing PC gaming back from the dead; a very, very happy birthday. He dropped out of Harvard University in 1983 to join Microsoft, where he worked on a number of projects, and was the producer of the first three versions of Microsoft Windows. After becoming one of the infamous Microsoft Millionaires, he left Microsoft in 1996 together with Mike Harrington (inspired by his former Microsoft colleague, Michael Abrash, who had left Microsoft for id, who would only join Valve this year) with one purpose: starting up their own video game company. 15 years later, look where we are.

Seriously, he’s so awesome, they named a video game character after him. So whether you call him GabeN, G.A.B.E.N or Rabscuttle, let’s all wish him a very happy birthday.


  1. Happy Birthday Gaben

  2. The photoshop in this one is powerful!

  3. Happy birthday Gabe!!

  4. “Hi, my name is Gabe Newell, and welcome to my Birthday. After 12 months in development, hopefully it will have been worth the wait.”

  5. Happy Birthday Gabe Newell! I love you!!

  6. Happy Birthday, Gabe!

    Gabe in my mothertongue means gift. And that indeed he is, a gifted man! Thanks for everything buddy!

  7. Happy Birthday, Gabe!

  8. happy birthday!!!!

  9. Happy Birthday, Gabe!

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