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Google To Buy Valve?
Rumors surface...
by Karl Bode 10:18AM Wednesday Sep 17 2008
The Inquirer is reporting that search giant Google will soon be purchasing video game developer Valve, which you might consider a strange purchase unless you're familiar with Valve's broadband game distribution platform, Steam. While Steam started off with a few hiccups and bandwidth struggles we highlighted at the time, Valve has since built the platform into a formidable distribution system and social gaming engine. When getting off the ground, Valve approached several major players (like Yahoo and Microsoft) for help, but nobody was interested. The latest Steam statistics show that frequently, 1.2 million of Steam's fifteen million plus registered gamers are using the system at any one time.

Update: Valve is claiming that the report is a "complete fabrication."


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