Gabe Newell says he'll do a Reddit AMA if charity event raises enough money

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I'm willing to bet that you have some questions for Gabe Newell. Questions like 'How did you cultivate such a magnificent beard?', 'Who's your favourite Thundercat?', and 'Why was Tom Hanks snubbed in this year's Oscar nominations?' Also something about Half-Life 3. Soon, all your questions will be answered. Maybe. Depending on a few things. The biggest being the little matter of the $500,000. Valve's resident overlord took to Reddit earlier to promote the Heart of Racing charity event, and after answering a few questions and proving that he's the real deal, Newell said he'll participate in an AMA (Ask Me Anything) if the event raises $500K in donations.

Newell's backing a car in the Heart of Racing charity driving event, which is raising money for the Seattle Children's Hospital. To promote the event, Newell took to Reddit. Then he took to Reddit again. Then he took to Reddit a third time, at which point people finally twigged that he might be THAT Gabe Newell. His most upvoted comment was this: "When they asked me what number I wanted for the car I asked for '3' and they said 'nope.' Irony." HALF-LIFE 3 CONF-on second thoughts, that joke never goes down too well.

In response to a request for an AMA, Newell posted the following comment. "I'll do an AMA once we hit $500K in donations to the hospital. How's that?". There's no way to tell how much money has been raised so far, that I can tell, but if you've been inspired to give money to a worthy cause, you can donate here.