Previously a games developer at Dynamix and a developer on the Windows NT operating system at Microsoft, Harrington founded Valve in 1996 with Gabe Newell, another former Microsoft employee: he and Newell privately funded Valve through the development of Half-Life. 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, the leading PC Games 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.
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.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Geoff Keighley. "The Final Hours of Half-Life 2". Gamespot UK. http://uk.gamespot.com/features/6112889/p-4.html. Retrieved 2008-01-05.
- ↑ "Mike Harrington Interview". PlanetHalfLife.com. November 20, 1999. http://planethalflife.gamespy.com/View.php?view=Interviews.Detail&id=58. Retrieved 2008-01-06.
- ↑ CVG Staff (28 September, 2007). "Creative Minds: Gabe Newell". computerandvideogames.com. http://www.computerandvideogames.com/article.php?id=172835. Retrieved 2008-01-05.
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