Raises the question: where did that rumour come from in the first place?
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.