Valve's Gabe and Kaci went hand-delivering Steam Decks

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Valve’s Gabe Newell Hand-Delivers the First Set of Steam Decks

Rakshak Kathuria
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Valve's co-founder, Gabe Newell, hand-delivered the first set of Steam Decks - the company's latest handheld console.
Gabe signed the Steam Decks before giving them to the fans and asked them to email him about what they liked and disliked about the product.
Steam Deck is a portable console that lets users access their Steam library and play all the games they have. Currently, it is available for reservations in select countries at three prices.

Gabe Newell, Valve's co-founder, personally delivered the first batch of Steam Decks - the company's newest handheld console. Gabe was seen signing the first set of Steam Decks in a YouTube video posted by Valve, and then delivering them by hand to the fans by visiting their homes. Additionally, a camera crew accompanied him to capture his interactions with the customers. Wanting to know how the people felt using Steam Deck and what games they played, Gabe also asked them to let him know anything that they liked or disliked about the product.

Gabe Newell personally delivers the first batch of Steam Deck consoles

Choosing Steam Deck reservation holders in close proximity to Valve's headquarters in Seattle, Gabe, Kaci Aitchison, who works in Valve's PR and marketing department, and a camera crew set out to deliver the consoles.

Gabe shared his thoughts on how people would react with him signing their Steam Decks and also being accompanied by cameramen when delivering them. However, it was evidently exciting for the first person to see the co-founder personally deliver a Steam Deck. “So we got some of the decks early and so we decided this is a big milestone for us to finally have these in hand and be able to give them to people so I am super excited to give you your Deck,” Gabe said as he presented the console.

As for Gabe, he said that delivering the consoles brought back memories of his first jobs when he delivered newspapers and telegrams. Adding that it was a significant and exciting moment for the Steam Deck team, he said that the console would finally enter the hands of customers and reviews would follow after it had been a theoretical product for a long time.

After Gabe asked the people to send him their Steam Deck reviews on his email, he said he received several hundreds and thousands of emails every day, yet he read every email sent to him. This, he explained, was essential to staying grounded and understanding the customers.

Some Reddit users claiming to be the recipients of this first batch of Steam Decks mentioned that the consoles were signed by Gabe and were also free of cost.

About Steam Deck

Steam Deck is a portable console that lets users access their Steam library and play all the games they have, including popular multiplayer titles like CS:GO and Dota 2. In addition, users can play games from other publishers through Proton.

The Steam Deck is currently available for reservation in select countries in three versions - the 64GB eMMC version, which costs $399 USD, the 256GB NVMe SSD version, which costs $529 USD, and the 512GB NVMe SSD version, which costs $649 USD.

For more information about the Steam Deck, you can visit https://www.steamdeck.com/en/

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Rakshak is an undergrad, an inquisitive person who likes to acquire information and knowledge of varied sectors in esports. However, his current focus is specifically on Dota 2.