Mike Harrington

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Mike Harrington
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Harrington on May 7, 2009 at the Seattle 2.0 Awards
Known for Co-founder of Valve

Mike Harrington is the co-founder of the computer game development company, Valve Corporation.[1]

Previously a games developer at Dynamix and a developer on the Windows NT operating system at Microsoft,[2] Harrington founded Valve in 1996 with Gabe Newell, another former Microsoft employee. He and Newell privately funded Valve during the development of Half-Life.[1][3] Half-Life became a game industry phenomenon, winning more than 50 Game of the Year Awards; it was also named the "Best PC Game of All Time" by PC Gamer Magazine.

On January 15, 2000, after the success of Half-Life, Harrington dissolved his partnership with Newell and left Valve to take an extended vacation with his wife, Monica.[1]

Harrington returned to the software industry in 2006, when he co-founded Picnik with long-time friend and former colleague Darrin Massena. Picnik was acquired by Google in March 2010. Harrington left Google in March 2011 and has co-founded a new software company with Massena, called Catnip Labs.[4]


  1. ^ a b c Geoff Keighley. "The Final Hours of Half-Life 2". Gamespot UK. Retrieved 2008-01-05. 
  2. ^ "Mike Harrington Interview". PlanetHalfLife.com. November 20, 1999. Archived from the original on November 3, 1999. Retrieved 2008-01-06. 
  3. ^ CVG Staff (28 September 2007). "Creative Minds: Gabe Newell". computerandvideogames.com. Retrieved 2008-01-05. 
  4. ^ "Mike Harrington's LinkedIn profile". LinkedIn. Retrieved 2 October 2014.