T-Mobile will be holding their Uncarrier 7.0 event at one of their stores in Washington this week. The rumor mill is abuzz about what could be announced, especially given that the wireless carrier has recently made some tweaks to their Simple Choice family plans.
But friends, I can confirm that on Wednesday, 10 September, T-Mobile will be partnering with Valve to announce the long awaited release, of the latest installment in the Half-Life video game series. And I can prove it.
Okay, let’s get started.
T-Mobile is headquartered in Bellevue, Washington. Who else is headquartered in Bellevue, Washington? Valve Corporation. Valve Corporation is a video game company, responsible for the Steam digital distribution platform, as well as a few very popular video game franchises. Valve is known for their CEO, Gabe Newell, who has become more a less a cult icon. T-Mobile’s CEO, John Legere, is also starting to attract some fame for his brash, sometimes profane, attitude towards the wireless industry.
John Legere recently met Gabe Newell at The International Dota 2 Championships. He even Tweeted about it, asking his followers to identify him. They obliged.
— John Legere (@JohnLegere) July 20, 2014
But how does this imply Half-Life 3? Simple. You just do the math.
T-Mobile is the 4th wireless carrier in the United States. However, they are projected to overtake Sprint in the near future, which would make them the 3rd wireless carrier. But right now, they’re 4th.
Uncarrier 7.0. 4th wireless carrier. 7-4 = 3.
Valve has four major video game franchises. In no particular order, they are Half-Life, Portal, Left 4 Dead, and Team Fortress.
Uncarrier 7.0. 4 video game franchises. 7-4 = 3.
But if that wasn’t damning enough, just look at the date. This event is happening on Wednesday, which is the third day of the workweek. Not only that, but it’s happening on 10 September.
September 10. Uncarrier 7.0. 10-7 = 3.
Everywhere you look, the evidence keeps stacking up. Valve released The Orange Box in 2007, which coincides with the 7th version of Uncarrier. T-Mobile announced 33.3% growth in the last quarter, and added over 300,000 tablets in the same time period. And that’s what ties it all together.
Devices like the NVIDIA Shield let you stream video games from your PC to it. But, Nvidia recently announced the Shield Tablet, which is an Android tablet with an Nvidia graphics chipset and a precision controller that lets you do the same things as the Shield, and a lot more. On top of letting you stream your games, the Shield Tablet can also become a console, and can also stream gameplay live to Twitch.tv. Nvidia already has a few agreements in place with Valve for their Half-Life 2 and Portal games, and both games can be played on the Shield Tablet. Right now, you can buy a Shield Tablet that’s Wi-Fi only, but there’s an option to be notified when the LTE version becomes available.
The streaming capability of the Shield line requires quite a bit of bandwidth, which is why right now it’s only on Wi-Fi. For the same capability to work over a cellular network, a large amount of bandwidth needs to be available. T-Mobile has been purposefully building out their LTE network to be the fastest in the country, easily delivering the speeds needed to stream your games anywhere.
So, on 10 September 2014, at the Uncarrier 7.0 event, Valve will announce Half-Life 3, Nvidia will announce their LTE Shield Tablet, and T-Mobile will announce Gamer Freedom. Gamer Freedom, like Music Freedom, allows you to stream your games as much as you want, on the nations fastest 4G LTE network, without it affecting your high speed data limit.
Are you excited for Uncarrier 7.0/Half-Life 3? Do you have anymore evidence that supports this theory, or do you think I’m cherry picking statistics and jumping to conclusions? Let me know in the comments!