Rumor: Google to Buy Valve

September 17th, 2008 at 12:00 am

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So here’s the gossip on Google that’s been going around the web. According to a report from The Inquirer, Google is poising up to buy game maker Valve. The Inquirer said it had "well-placed sources" that provided the information.

However, Google nor Valve did not comment on the issue. Google simply said that they do not comment on market speculation while Valve was unable to respond. Basically the whole thing is neither confirmed nor denied.

If Google was to buy Valve, the rationale would initially be unclear. Valve is a maker of games such as the wildly successful Half-Life series and the Counterstrike series. Moreover, Valve also operates the online gaming hub Steam. Steam is an online place where online games are hosted and where gamers go to play those games. Valve reported that there are about 448 games on Steam, 15 million accounts and an average daily audience of 1.2 million during peak hours.

So where does Google’s mission to "to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful," come in? Well, Steam as mentioned is an efficient and well visited gaming and content distribution hub. This alone will attract Google to possibly acquire them. Moreover, Steam according to the Inquirer is the best content distribution platform out there. So if Google did want to get in the business of content distribution, an acquisition of Valve and consequently Steam is the way to go.

Again these are just rumors but as we’ve learned, without any press release or out right denial, it may as well be true ’til proven otherwise.