The Truth About IceFrog: Behind the BS (Anonymous Valve Employee)

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#1  Edited By dudeguy

Sure is a dramatic day for the game industry.  An anonymous Valve employee voices their opinion on IceFrog and his relationship with Valve. Keep in mind that there is no way to prove whether this is real or not.

 
EDIT:  From George Broussard's twitter: 
 
 
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#2  Edited By fwylo

I hate drama, kind of makes me not want to buy DOTA 2... 
 
But then again... it IS DOTA 2.

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#3  Edited By pwnasaurus

well this is interesting are they really surprised that a WoW moder has no social skills and is probably a shut in? i mean cmon.

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#4  Edited By fwylo
@pwnasaurus said:

" well this is interesting are they really surprised that a WoW moder has no social skills and is probably a shut in? i mean cmon. "

Not WoW. 
 
Warcraft III 
 
Also: I play WoW and have more social skills than your whole family so get fucked.
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#5  Edited By august

Internet
 
ass
 
drama.
 
Unlike the ex-Warhammer dude, this is actually well written and the story is actually kinda fascinating.

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#6  Edited By pwnasaurus
@fwylo: ah i see but still. would it be that hard to figure out?
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#7  Edited By Chirag4

Some serious drama ass drama up in here.

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#8  Edited By BraveToaster
@august said:
"Unlike the ex-Warhammer dude, this is actually well written and the story is actually kinda fascinating. "
Indeed.
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#9  Edited By MattyFTM  Moderator

I'm really not convinced about that blog. I suspect it could be a random dude on the internet that has nothing to do with Valve. Aside from briefly talking about the dude's personality, most of it is information found on the internet that anyone could have dug up. The only insider info is extremely vague, and could easily be made up.
 
It might be real, but I'm not taking it as gospel.

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#10  Edited By skadbob

Most of the evidence put forth by this guy seem circumstantial to me.

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#11  Edited By GunslingerPanda

What's going on today!? First Bioware Mythic, now this!

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#12  Edited By mickyykcim

I'm pretty sure this one is fake. The DOTA, HoN, and LoL fanboys are absolutely insane, and would go through this much trouble to find this stuff online and try and make it seem like it's from Valve. They're worried about their "indie" games being killed by a big company. 

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#13  Edited By jacksukeru

That was a pretty cool...

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#14  Edited By Forcen

I was wondering today when i read the Dota 2 article on Gameinformer, why is Icefrog still hiding his identity? 

Allstars is currently maintained and updated by IceFrog (who declined to give his real name), who was hired by Valve in 2009 and is now working on Dota 2.

This may be the reason?
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#15  Edited By dudeguy
@MattyFTM said:
" I'm really not convinced about that blog. I suspect it could be a random dude on the internet that has nothing to do with Valve. Aside from briefly talking about the dude's personality, most of it is information found on the internet that anyone could have dug up. The only insider info is extremely vague, and could easily be made up.  It might be real, but I'm not taking it as gospel. "
Agreed. If this post is genuine, it's pretty interesting, but it could easily have been created by an angry DoTA fan or someone else who dislikes IceFrog.
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#16  Edited By Jimbo

I love all these low-level game industry types acting like they're fucking Deep Throat or something all of a sudden.

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#17  Edited By natetodamax

Could he possibly being trying to feed off the popularity of EA Louse?

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#18  Edited By taugehz

I want a Whiskey Media anonymous insider drama post.

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#19  Edited By mracoon  Moderator

I don't believe this one.

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#20  Edited By Animasta
@taugehz said:
" I want a Whiskey Media anonymous insider drama post. "
it'd probably be written by Kessler.
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#21  Edited By benjaebe

I'm getting pretty tired of all these "behind the scenes low level employee spills all." This is more than likely BS, anyway.

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#22  Edited By Hamz

Take the information from this blog and the EA Louse one with a pinch of salt. 
 
Anyone reading it and suddenly believing it needs to stop being so naive.

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#23  Edited By Gaff

Search for "XXXXXXX" on Google. The 8th result is for MyLife.com. Click it. Scroll all the way to the bottom of the page. Click on  XXXXXX Bellevue, 27 .

Wait a minute. The author "supposedly" works for Valve, a software company, and these are the instructions he's giving?
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#24  Edited By ProfessorEss
@mracoon said:
" I don't believe this one. "
...and even if I did I don't care. 
 
There are much bigger real problems out there than the inter-office politics at  Valve.
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#25  Edited By Pinworm45

Who cares? 
 
Even if it's true, who cares?

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#26  Edited By Napalm

I don't even know who IceFrog is!

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#27  Edited By eroticfishcake

That was an interesting. Not entirely sure what's going on since I don't follow DoTa very much nor does the name Ismail sound familiar to me at any level. I have strong doubts about these type of blogs, especially after the EA Louse thing which was equally dodgy but whatever. I'll be taking the backseat like everyone else and watch it unfurl itself.

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#28  Edited By dsd21

That wasn't even interesting even if it was true. Yawn. Nothing to see here, move along.

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#29  Edited By Necrotoxin
@Laketown:  Hahaha!  
 
Wow all this shit happening 13th.
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#30  Edited By TheBlindChessman

These posts are nothing like the EA Spouse one. The EA Spouse was from someone genuinely worried about the well being of people working in the games industry. 
 
The two today are just people bitching about creative decisions they don't agree with.  

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OK, I read the blog, and since I'm unfamiliar with DoTA and some of the companies involved, I'm not really sure what the blogger is trying to say. All I got out of it was that a man named Abdul, who worked on DoTA, is working on DoTA 2 with Valve. Assuming the blog is legit, what's the problem here? 

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#32  Edited By No0b0rAmA

I'm pretty sure I can be an anonymous Valve Employee too.

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#33  Edited By dudeguy
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#34  Edited By nintendoeats

I'm not even sure if I can say that this is a giant silly hoax, because I don't really understand it. It sounds convoluted, but I cannot be arsed to put all the pieces together and say for certain.

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#35  Edited By DocColossus

It's pretty damn clear that the person who wrote that blog has some alterior motive...