Gabe Newell, the director of Valve wanted to mark the occasion by delivering the first Steam Deck himself to certain buyers in the Seattle area. Explanations.
Gabe Newell, who looks more and more like Didier Raoult (or maybe the opposite) wanted to do a nice marketing move by delivering the first copies of Steam Deck to certain American customers himself. Specifically, those who reside in the Seattle area where Valve is located.
A video to prove it
As you can see above, Valve took care to film deliveries. If some people seem to recognize the bearded man directly, others on the other hand have obviously not become aware of the “importance” of the delivery man. Even before the formalization, users on Reddit had started talking about it like here.
Some were even lucky enough to receive a Steam Deck for free. In effect, a Reddit user explains that during delivery to his neighbor, he stopped Gabe Newell and said hello. Newell then asked how many people lived in the house before returning with 3 Steam Decks in hand. He even had the opportunity to have an autograph for the occasion.
Steam Deck for everyone
Gabe spoke about the case:
For us, this is a very important moment, where the Deck ceases to be a theoretical product, and where I just want to see people playing with it. So we’re ultimately doing what we do best: interacting with our customers, and improving the experience. It’s a symbolic way of doing it.
In the video, good lord Newell can even be seen giving away copies of his Steam Deck to a group of moving youngsters.