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Valve says no to Google buy-out rumour

Valve says no to Google buy-out rumour

The rumour has been killed - Google is not attempting to buy-out Valve according to both companies.

By now everybody on the planet has probably seen the rumour that was originally spread by The Inquirer that internet giant Google was set to buy out Half-Life developer Valve, but both companies have now refuted the claim and said it is purely a piece of fiction.

The Inquirer's Charlie Demerjian originally set the rumour-mill going, claiming that 'well placed sources' had confirmed with him that Google was ready to buy-out Valve 'at any second'. Predictably, the internets were set aflame with panic and flamewars, with The Inquirer standing by the story as the comments flooded in.

However, it now turns out that some even better placed sources at both companies have dismissed the idea as a work of pure fantasy.

NoFrag quickly contacted Valve for an official comment and heard back from both Valve founders Gabe Newell and Doug Lombardi who said flatly that there was absolutely no truth to the story.

"No truth. Fabrication," said Gabe, simply.

"It's nothing more than rumor. Valve is focused on making Left 4 Dead a great product and supporting folks like Crytek and Ubisoft who are bringing great games to Steam this year," confirmed Doug.

Google meanwhile has also dismissed the idea, telling Eurogamer that the story was nothing more than rumour and speculation.

That's not to say that the idea didn't have merit of course - Valve has previously said that it didn't want to continue pushing Steam as the primary saviour of PC gaming, while Google is obviously keen to control as much of the market as possible. A match between the two would have been sensible on the surface, but there's no substance to it unfortunately.

Would you mind Valve and Google merging, or do you think it's a sign of the End of Days? Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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alleyne 18th September 2008, 11:07 Quote
nice choice with the picture..
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Jordan Wise 18th September 2008, 11:08 Quote
crytek on steam? AWESOME! I hope they put achievements on for crysis, there's loads to do in that game
[USRF]Obiwan 18th September 2008, 11:12 Quote
Google & Valve fusion prediction:

"Goolve search: Hit link with crowbar"
"Goolve maps: Walk through your own city in full texture mapped 3D environment and kill head crabs and combines on the way!"

"Goolve portal: "Inquirer 2021: Goolve announced it will place portals all over the world. Making planes and other native transport systems obsolete"
Mister_X 18th September 2008, 11:26 Quote
hurrah! This be one story i'm glad was bollocks.
Nowt against google as such, just not a pair i see working well together
The Jambo 18th September 2008, 11:42 Quote
I think Google will do well with it, they've only made youtube better, and with audio indexing for videos, they've taken it much further than the founders could have.
Star*Dagger 18th September 2008, 12:32 Quote
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Originally Posted by [USRF]Obiwan
Google & Valve fusion prediction:

"Goolve search: Hit link with crowbar"
"Goolve maps: Walk through your own city in full texture mapped 3D environment and kill head crabs and combines on the way!"

"Goolve portal: "Inquirer 2021: Goolve announced it will place portals all over the world. Making planes and other native transport systems obsolete"

Obi-Wan wins the thread. Just imagine someone like Gabe running an evil corp like Google. BTW, flags should go up when a companies motto is "Do no Evil". Esp since every search gets sent to the NSA.

Enjoy big Brother.

S*D
DXR_13KE 18th September 2008, 12:32 Quote
it would be rather interesting.....
wharrad 18th September 2008, 13:39 Quote
Charlie, Charlie, Charlie.... Again? Really? Stop now please!
Diosjenin 18th September 2008, 14:41 Quote
End of Days. It wouldn't be quite so bad if it weren't a company that currently has absolutely nothing to do with gaming in any way.

Heck, if Valve/Google was true, why wouldn't Take Two go out and sell themselves to, let's just say Symantec? That makes about as much sense.
BlackMage23 18th September 2008, 16:06 Quote
Headshot!
Arkanrais 18th September 2008, 17:31 Quote
am I the only one who thinks that perhaps companies give false info to some of their employees to see if they will leak this info? it could be a good way to see which are the weakest links in your pr departments or something like that.
pendragon 18th September 2008, 17:54 Quote
for some reason i'm glad this rumour is false
roshan 20th September 2008, 02:49 Quote
Half life Made game industry to the top notch.Google made almost every one's faverite surch engine.Let them be seperate.Let them do more differant tasks seperatly.
Cthippo 22nd September 2008, 21:06 Quote
How about this...

Vlave sells Steam to Google for a pile of money and goes back to being just a developer instead of having to be both developer and publisher and also maintain a massive pile of hardware to keep Steam going. Google could take care of the hardware and network business and let Valve do what they do best.
proxess 23rd September 2008, 01:48 Quote
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Originally Posted by Cthippo
How about this...

Vlave sells Steam to Google for a pile of money and goes back to being just a developer instead of having to be both developer and publisher and also maintain a massive pile of hardware to keep Steam going. Google could take care of the hardware and network business and let Valve do what they do best.

now thats an idea! Valve hasn't come about with much innovation in the source engine. TF2 is really cool and all and its different... but well... we want something valvetastic!
CardJoe 23rd September 2008, 07:14 Quote
Tech-wise, source is the best thing that Valve has ever done. And the only thing. They aren't id - they aren't about pushing forwards massively and the whole point of Source is to provide a platform for incremental changes with things like portals and dynamic lights or HDR - slow, constant upgrades.
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