Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington was the co-founder of the computer game development company, Valve Software and a lead programmer of the game Half-Life.[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 through 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, 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.[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.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Geoff Keighley. "The Final Hours of Half-Life 2". Gamespot UK. Retrieved 2008-01-05. 
  2. "Mike Harrington Interview". November 20, 1999. Retrieved 2008-01-06. 
  3. CVG Staff (28 September, 2007). "Creative Minds: Gabe Newell". Retrieved 2008-01-05. 

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