Portal Writer, League of Legends Designer Open New Studio

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Chet Faliszek and Dr. Kimberly Voll have created the new game studio Stray Bombay to focus on making Co-Op games.

Announced in an official blog post, the two detailed their reasoning for creating the new Seattle-based studio, and what they hope to achieve. Faliszek is known for writing popular Valve games including Portal 1 & 2, Left 4 Dead 1 & 2 and more, while Voll previously worked with League of Legends studio Riot Games as a principal technical designer.

Faliszek said that after the release of Left 4 Dead, he received a letter from a soldier stationed in Iraq who said Left 4 Dead saved his marriage by letting him and his wife forget they were apart and “just exist in the moment.” Voll, described by Faliszek as an “expert in AI and human-centric design,” left Riot a few weeks ago with support from her former coworkers.

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