Portal, Half-Life Writer Erik Wolpaw Has Left Valve

Well co-founder of Valve Marc Laidlaw shared Eriks departure from the company via a tweet. Wolpaw has been at Valve for over a decade, joining the company in 2004 before working on several of their hit franchises including Portal, Left 4 Dead and Half Life 2: Episode One and Episode Two. In the world of the vignette, he also contributed to the official comics of Team Fortress.

Marc Laidlaw, a former employee of Valve who left the company previous year, gave Wolpaw a witty farewell via his Twitter account. Before he joined Valve, Wolpaw worked at Double Fine where he co-wrote Psychonauts with Tim Schafer.

Erik Wolpaw has officially departed from the company.

Some confusion was caused when Wolpaw later tagged Portal co-writer Jay Pinkerton in a Facebook post announcing his departure whereby some believed Pinkerton had resigned as well.

Laidlaw was the sole writer for Half-Life 1 and 2 and was assigned the Lead Writer for Half-Life 2: Episode 1. He also worked on the first Psychonauts and is now working as a writer on Psychonauts 2.

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