Anyone remember that economist Valve hired back in 2012?
Yanis Varoufakis was always a big name in international economics, with a number of successful books and a popular blog on the subject, but he first appeared under the gaming communities’ radar when he became Valve’s own economist-in-residence, acting as a private consultant for the company.
Well, Varoufakis was recently elected the new Financial Minister of Greece.
From the 27th January 2015, Yanis Varoufakis has assumed office as Minister of Finance within Greece’s Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) party alongside Greek Prime Minster Alexis Tsipras.
Here he is giving a TEDx talk about his “real world” work, proposing economic transformations in Europe.
In the Team Fortress 2 community, Varoufakis, sometimes referred to as ”The Economist“, became this shadowy all-powerful figure of legend who was hypothesised for pulling the strings behind every notable change and update to the game’s hat economy.
You can read more about his involvement in developing Valve’s digital economic strategiesover on the “Valve Economics” blog that Varoufakis created in 2012.
So whether it’s managing collectable hats or managing a country’s finance, it seems Yanis Varoufakis has somewhat bridged the gap between the economic planning of video games and that of the real-world.