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Google Not Buying Valve

If you caught wind of the rumour spreading like wildfire this morning Google was all set to buy Valve of Half-Life, and probably more pertinently Steam, fame, imminently. That's not quite the case, it turns out; Valve's Doug Lombardi stating categorically that Google definitely isn't buying Valve.

The lie having now winged its way around the world, the truth has had a chance to get its boots on in the form of Lombardi's comment to MTV's Multiplayer blog that the rumour was "complete fabrication". Well placed as Inquirer's sources may be, I can't see them having a better insight than Lombardi.

Personally I had my doubts from the off that this was more than hearsay, anyway. I simply don't see why Google would want to buy Valve. Yes, Steam is a fantastic content distribution system but a company of Google's size and programming expertise could make one just as good if they so desired and as Chrome has proved - slapping a Google logo on even a (currently) pretty under-featured web browser is all that's needed to see a rapid uptake.

Nice try, rumour mill, but no cylindrical smoking thing.

Peter

September 17, 2008, 11:20 pm

Any chance this 'news' caused a blip on symantec's altiris business?

Spode

September 18, 2008, 12:14 pm

Disappointing :(

LinguisticPedant

September 18, 2008, 1:43 pm

It would have been nice to see Electronic Arts receive some much needed competition as the biggest gaming company in the world.

Hugo

September 18, 2008, 2:59 pm

Fancy expanding on that point Spode? Personally, I'm glad Valve isn't being absorbed into the Googleplex (see what I did there?).

Simon

September 18, 2008, 6:11 pm

I agree with Hugo, i too am happy that Valve isn't assimilated into Googleborg.

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