Unless you’re very familiar with Greece’s economy or Valve’s shenanigans, the name Yanis Varoufakis might not sound familiar, yet from now on it just might.
A few years ago, in March 2012, Valve hired a professional economist as a consultant as Gabe Newell realized their business and economic endeavors with DotA2 and Team Fortress 2 were growing way beyond their expectations, and beyond what Valve themselves could realistically control. The man they hired was no other that Yanis Varoufakis.
Yanis Varoufakis was hired in a time when Valve needed to show how they could triumph without doing business in a conventional sense, but by exploiting alternative economies and systems instead. Yanis worked with Valve up until early 2014, when he quit selling hats for the incredibly successful Team Fortress 2, and decided to focus instead in Greece’s politics and elections.
Turns out that after the left’s triumph in Greece’s elections last Sunday, and Alexis Tsipras becoming prime minister of the Mediterranean country, Yanis will become the Greek finance minister. Now we will see if his time at Valve will finally turn Greece around and out of its crisis. As long as they start offering little hats with each transaction, we’ll be happy.
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