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[Ars] Richard Garfield leaves Valve, puts Artifact’s future in question

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Richard Garfield, the legendary game designer behind Magic: The Gathering, says he has been laid off from Valve as part of a recent modest downsizing effort at the company. The move comes as Artifact, Valve's Dota 2-based card game which Garfield worked on closely, struggles to find a continuing audience.

"We weren't surprised by the layoff considering how rocky the launch was," Garfield told Artifact-focused site Artibuff. "The team was enthusiastic about the game and were confident that they had a good product, but it became clear it wasn't going to be easy to get the game to where we wanted it."
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After launching with tens of thousands of simultaneous players in November, though, Artifact quickly declined in popularity, to the point that only about 500 players have been online at any time in the last week, according to stats collected by SteamDB.
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Hey, Gabe, there were more people playing Half-Life or Half-Life 2 than Artifact last week and yesterday it got worse. Wake up and smell the ashes.

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Wake up and smell the ashes.
Well isn't that why he got fired with a few other people? Gabe (or someone high up) decided that it better to leave it as is and drop future development?
They did smell the ash, and brought a fan to clear it out.


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Is Artifact that bad? Possibly game saturation?

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Well isn't that why he got fired with a few other people? Gabe (or someone high up) decided that it better to leave it as is and drop future development?
They did smell the ash, and brought a fan to clear it out.

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On the plus side, now they've got more room for HL3 dev and illustrator workstations.


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Artifact's future hasn't been in question since about a week after its launch.

It has none.
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Really seems like these card games had a momentary blip in popularity that quickly died. No surprise to me that the game is doing bad, Valve was pretty late to the party.

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Artifact could've been a mini-game under DOTA2's arcade tbh, they didn't really need something like this.

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Maybe if it was free to play game, it wouldnt have such outcome.
i have to agree with you there. Fort Night (as much as i hate it) has proven that you dont have to sell a game for it to be profitable.

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