He forgot to repeat "I didn't think it through" when he called Valve, told them he hacked into their server, copying the source code to their product, resulting in the source code for their main product being released publicly, and then asked for a job.
Is there any company where that situation would happen and it ends with "you're hired!"
Never underestimate the naivete and gullibility of a young person with a dream. Even as we speak, there are tens of thousands of kids across the country taking out huge student loans to get degrees that will barely qualify them for barista jobs at Starbucks--all because someone told them to "pursue your dreams" without adding the vital addendum "But have a realistic backup plan."
Plus, there are a number of tales of "former hackers" hired for security work. The part of the story that usually gets left out of discussions of this phenomena is the amount of jail time or legal charges the person had to sort out before they got that job. Very few of them jumped from "I totally committed a felony you were the victim of" to "I'd like $150k and a car allowance."