Gabe Newell has been stuck in New Zealand since March and he seems to be loving it. So much so, that he appeared on New Zealand morning television today to announce a free concert to thank the country for its hospitality.

While New Zealand is increasingly famous as a billionaire prepper refuge, that’s not why Newell’s there, though the COVID-19 pandemic is why he remains. After shipping Half-Life: Alyx he took a ten day break in the country with his friend, the Spanish racecar driver Alex Riberas, and the latter’s partner Teagan Klein. According to Klein speaking this morning, the break was meant to last ten days, but “then the pandemic broke out globally [and] we had 48 hours to decide before New Zealand closed their border, and we decided to stay.”

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