Chet Faliszek

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Chet Faliszek
Born 1965 (age 52–53)
United States
Nationality American
Occupation Video game writer
Employer Bossa Studios, Vertigo Games

Chet Faliszek (/ˈfɑːlɪsɛk/; born 1965) is an American videogame writer.

Faliszek gained recognition as the co-creator of the satirical Old Man Murray website along with Erik Wolpaw around 1997, and which ran until 2002.[1]

Faliszek's and Wolpaw's writings led to them being hired by the Valve Corporation circa 2005. Along with Wolpaw and Marc Laidlaw, Faliszek helped to create the storylines for the Half-Life and Portal series, along with having personally written the story for Left 4 Dead.[2][3] He was also involved with Valve's work in virtual reality through the HTC Vive.[4] In May 2017, Faliszek announced that after twelve years with Valve, he had left the company earlier in the year to work on unannounced projects.[4][5]

By September 2017, Faliszek joined London-based Bossa Studios, and will lead Bossa's new Seattle-based studio. He is currently working on an unannounced cooperative game that is "trying to do something new in the narrative space using [artificial intelligence]".[6][7] In May 2018, Faliszek announced he had also joined the board of advisers for Vertigo Games, and will help support a current virtual reality title they are currently developing.[8]


Year Title Credits
2006 Half-Life 2: Episode One Writer
2007 Portal Writer
2007 Half-Life 2: Episode Two Writer
2008 Left 4 Dead Writer
2009 Left 4 Dead 2 Writer
2011 Portal 2 Writer
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Writer


  1. ^ Ross Miller (August 28, 2006). "Old Man Murray gives Portal its voice". Joystiq. Retrieved April 22, 2011. 
  2. ^ Shawn Sines (August 3, 2007). "Gaming Today Q&A: Chet Faliszek of Left 4 Dead". GameFront. Retrieved April 22, 2011. 
  3. ^ Martin, Joe (April 28, 2008). "Left4Dead Interview: Chet Faliszek". bit-tech. Retrieved April 22, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Grubb, Jeff (May 2, 2017). "Half-Life, Portal co-writer Chet Faliszek left Valve a month ago". Venture Beat. Retrieved May 2, 2017. 
  5. ^ Pearson, Dan (May 2, 2017). "Chet Faliszek leaves Valve". Retrieved May 2, 2017. 
  6. ^ Batchelor, James (September 18, 2017). "Bossa hires Half-Life, Portal writer Chet Faliszek". Retrieved September 18, 2017. 
  7. ^ Byrne, Katherine (September 19, 2017). "Bossa Studios to open new Seattle studio headed by Valve's Chet Faliszek". Market for Computer and Video Games. Retrieved September 19, 2017. 
  8. ^ Clayton, Natalie (May 15, 2018). "Valve veteran Chet Faliszek joins Vertigo Games". PC Games Insider. Retrieved May 15, 2018. 

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