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Kim Swift leaves Valve for Airtight

Joins Dark Void dev to do new things.

Kim Swift has left Valve to join Dark Void developer Airtight Games.

"I've learned so much and had some amazing experiences at Valve," Swift said in a press release (thanks Kotaku).

"But when I heard I had the opportunity to work on innovative titles with my friends over at Airtight, I couldn't pass it up."

Swift, best known for her contribution to the excellent Portal, had been hired straight out of school along with fellow Digipen students who worked on Narbacular Drop. (It's a sweet story - check out this old Rock, Paper, Shotgun interview for a reminder.)

Airtight Games president Jim Deal said that the addition of Swift, who apparently joins as a project leader, "represents a strategic move by Airtight Games into new and broader gaming markets".

Swift was in the news earlier this year when Valve reportedly discouraged her from contributing to GDC's Game Design Challenge due to the proposed subject matter. However, there's no suggestion this had anything to do with Swift's departure from the company.

Nor is there any more news on Portal 2 gnnrrngnghh come on!

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