Valve boss Gabe Newell is apparently hand delivering Steam Decks around the Seattle area, where the developer is based.
Reddit users who preordered the tech have claimed that Newell appeared at their door with a signed Steam Deck, and was even giving them away for free. User bitfiddler0 posted a photo of the case with Newell’s signature and the Steam Deck itself, adding that it was free and the highest specs version.
A camera crew was also allegedly accompanying Newell, meaning the deliveries could be part of a promotional stunt for the Steam Deck’s launch.
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In a separate post, user SeattleRainPidgeons said he saw Newell delivering a Steam Deck to his neighbour, and when he and his flatmates shouted over to Gabe, he handed them one too.
They said in the post: “After delivering my neighbour’s Deck we yelled ‘Hi Gabe’, at which point he asked how many were living in the house, then he went back to his van and grabbed us each a Deck.”
IGN can’t currently verify that this information is correct but photos posted to Reddit do appear to show Newell delivering the machines. IGN has reached out to Gabe Newell and Valve for comment.
In our review in progress, IGN said “the Steam Deck is a well-built piece of hardware that feels good to hold and play on,” but “on the eve of its official launch, it isn’t the smooth user experience” we had hoped for.
Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelancer who occasionally remembers to tweet @thelastdinsdale.