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Published on September 17th, 2008 | by Deejay Knight, Editor/Founder


Valve Being Courted By Google?

UPDATE: Kotaku got in touch with Doug Lombardi himself, who confirmed that this is just a rumor.

Yes, you read that right. Could the current search engine monolith, Google, be looking at picking up Valve? According to The INQUIRER, they are:

Well placed sources tell us that Google is going to be buying Valve any second now. If you have to stop and think about why, you probably are not aware of Steam, Valve’s amazing content distribution platform.

It wouldn’t be too much of a surprise for anyone, as Valve’s VP Doug Lombardi has stated publicly that he would be “happy to have that conversation” in regards to the company being acquired. Google would definitely benefit from the deal, as it would acquire Steam – widely acclaimed as being digital download service – giving it a foothold in the digital distribution platform.

My question would be what does Valve get out of it? Of course there’s the possiblity of massive funding, but what would happen to the physical media involved with Valve’s product? Would Google wet it’s feet in video game publishing or stick with the digital side of things and let the current publisher, EA, hold the reins to that piece of the Valve pie?

Any way it goes, the repercussions could be widespread. Valve wouldn’t be an independent developer anymore, which could very possibly break the hearts of gamers ’round the world.

We’ll know soon enough, as a rumor this massive isn’t likely to go without comment for very long.

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