Why The Maker Of 'Counter-Strike' Has No Bosses

05/01/2012 08:17 am ET | Updated Jul 01, 2012
  • Claire Suddath Businessweek

Earlier this week, Valve Software--the company behind the Half-Life, Counter-Strike and Portal video game series--released its employee handbook to the public because, according to Valve co-founder Gabe Newell, somebody asked. "I'd mentioned the handbook on a podcast and one of the listeners contacted us and said 'Hey, can I get a copy?' So [designer] Greg Coomer sent him a copy and all of a sudden it got posted online," he said. The handbook attracted a lot of attention because, in addition to offering company massage rooms and free food, Valve has a unique corporate structure rarely seen at such a large company. Valve has 300 employees but no managers or bosses at all. Newell talked to Bloomberg Businessweek about his company's environment and how it works.

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