rujillo was especially concerned about Valve’s API. There are many good reasons for the company to maintain an open API: In a talk with students at the University of Texas in 2013, Newell explained that “ten times as much content” came from customers as his own employees. “Once we start building the interfaces for our users to sell the content to each other, we start to see some surprising things,” he said.
But Trujillo was focused on how Valve’s API allowed players to move their skins to gambling sites. All around him, the uproar over daily fantasy betting was raging, but to Trujillo, what was unfolding with skins was just as bad — if not worse.
The problem was that the laws he enforced never anticipated digital currencies, much less set out rules about how to deal with them. He was facing a multibillion-dollar free-for-all that had less regulation than the tribal bingo parlors he oversaw.
On a balmy 61-degree day in mid-February 2016, Trujillo sent one of his agents on a fact-finding mission to Valve’s headquarters, an hour away in Bellevue. The agent asked for information about Valve’s API and whether the company could shut off the access that it gave gambling sites to its skins. But according to Trujillo, that agent left empty-handed, and several follow-up emails went unreturned.
Fournette, who had a nagging ankle injury all year, finished the season with only 144 touches, far below the 319 he had a year ago. That works to his benefit from a wear-and-tear standpoint. When fully healthy, Fournette is a big-play machine with a rare combination of size, power, agility and speed for the position. His angry running style is something to marvel at, and it will translate well to the next level.