Google To Buy Valve?
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