Valve, a highly influential but secretive gaming company, operates the major PC gaming platform Steam. Despite its impact, Valve is relatively small, with only 336 employees as of 2021, according to leaked data from Wolfire’s antitrust lawsuit. The data, partially visible despite redactions, covers employee headcount and gross pay from 2003 to 2021, categorized into “Admin,” “Games,” “Steam,” and “Hardware.” Notably, Valve’s “Games” payroll peaked at $221 million in 2017, dropping to $192 million by 2021. Additionally, only 79 employees managed Steam in 2021.

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