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Valve hardware engineer Jeri Ellsworth has been laid off from Valve along with around 25 other staffers. Following the announcement of Steam’s Big Picture Mode, Ellsworth was reportedly brought on to work on Valve’s hardware ambitions, starting with the company’s take on a controller for what eventually became the Steam Box. Not much is known about the motivation behind the lay-offs, but former employees cite a ”great cleansing” and “large decisions” behind the scenes. In an unusual turn for Valve, the firings don’t seem to be performance-related, but the result of shifting direction.