Is Google Planning To Buy Valve?

Nathan Meunier

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Is Google Planning To Buy Valve?

Shhhh. Do you hear that? What a peculiar sound. It's as if a million dollar signs cried out in terror. The internet is abuzz today of a potential upcoming buyout of Valve by Google. It's rumored such an announcement may come at any time this week.

This morning, The Inquirer [http://www.theinquirer.net/gb/inquirer/news/2008/09/17/google-valve] reports "well placed sources" have informed them Google will be purchasing Valve "any second now." Founded in 1996, Valve is responsible for developing gaming series hits including Half-Life, Portal, Team Fortress, Counterstrike, among others.

Google's rumored interest in the developer isn't entirely clear, but one might venture an obvious guess the successful Steam distribution channel is among the big draws of a potential buyout. Especially, considering the search engine giant recently launched Lively [http://www.lively.com], a new, avatar-based embeddable social network and virtual world that allows the use of avatars linked to Google accounts. Going into games is the next logical step.

Valve's response to the rumor: that it's a rumor. [http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2008/09/17/google-to-buy-valve/]


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Skrapt

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I'm in two parts, firstly I'd like Valve to remain independant as they've had no trouble remaining so and have done very well for themselves in the process. On the other hand Google has a frankly scary penchant for getting whatever it releases/improves/buys pretty damn good.
 

DeadlyYellow

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And so one internet giant is trying to expand it's power over another.

With Microsoft holding a decent portion of the gaming community and trying to force a merger with Yahoo to infringe on Google territory, it was only a matter of time until Google struck back.
 

memejoey

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"Well placed sources" / "A reliable source" / "an unnamed source"

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"We made this up:"
 

Angron

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thank god its not true, this would be the biggest failure in the history of gameing, valve the most awesum games dev team ever being bought out by...Google *shudders*
 

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Angron post=7.71763.736146 said:
thank god its not true, this would be the biggest failure in the history of gameing, valve the most awesum games dev team ever being bought out by...Google *shudders*
What's wrong with Google? Everything they touch seems to turn to profit and awesome.
 

Samah

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Short answer, no.
Long answer, Google have as much chance in that venture as if they tried to buy out Blizzard; ie. none.
 

[Gavo]

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Probably fake.
Although, it would make sense, then they could compete with Microsoft.
 

BobisOnlyBob

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Buy? No. A partnership, to apply Google search to Steam and meld Steam into Google's hierarchy? Fine. But Valve, Source, and their various franchises stay independent.
 

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In other news, 'reliable sources' report seeing Hilary Clinton egg Sarah Palin's house in the early hours of this morning screaming "it was MY DREAM!!! MY DREAM!!! MINEEEEEEEEE!". Witnesses report Hilary drinking heavily during the incident until Palin shot her.
 

Nathan Meunier

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TheBadass post=7.71763.736195 said:
Angron post=7.71763.736146 said:
thank god its not true, this would be the biggest failure in the history of gameing, valve the most awesum games dev team ever being bought out by...Google *shudders*
What's wrong with Google? Everything they touch seems to turn to profit and awesome.
Except that if you look at YAHOO and their financial woes you could make the comparison that Google is making the same mistake as Yahoo did. Google has made some huge steps recently but nothing that would exactly alienate the main user base from having access to their engine. By starting random takeovers and aquisitions such as Valve it will force Google to branch out in areas out of their jurisdiction to produce profit. They should stick to their research and come up with more ways to have people want to come to google and not away if they aquire valve. A good example is their decision to have a cell phone that is supported by google for T-Mobile. It will make people want to rely on google for their applications and services in their day to day life.
 

stompy

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Hope not. I'd like Valve to stay like it is, and don't think that being bought out would be the best idea for the consumer.
 

Radelaide

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Fire Daemon post=7.71763.737864 said:
Seems unlikely that Google will buy Valve. Why would they have any interest in games?
Google = Money hungry giant?

Valve = Good source of income.

It does seem unlikely that they would, but it would make sense for them. They're trying to get something that makes millions of dollars.