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Google to Buy Valve

Post icon  Posted 17 September 2008 - 09:28 AM

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According to a number of rumors this morning, Google is about to acquire the well-known game development company Valve. Valve is best known for its Half-Life games and Steam, a content distribution platform which it uses to sell and distribute PC games from various developers with the help of a desktop client. Currently, Steam distributes close to 440 games and has over 15 million active users. We assume that Google is mostly interested in the technology behind Steam and no so much in the distribution or game development business of Valve.

Steam's technology would definitely be a good fit for Google, which, thanks to YouTube and other ventures, is getting more and more invovled in the content distribution business. On the other hand, though, while pushing out 30,000 Mbit of data is surely no easy feat, we can't help but wonder about why Google would need to acquire them. After all, if anybody has a lot of experience in distributing massive amounts of data, it would be Google itself.

Overall, even though the Inquirer cites "well placed sources," we can't help but wonder if this rumor will pan out to be true. Maybe Google will only take over the Steam part of Valve's business, or the two will announce some form of partnership.


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#2 bflosabre91  Icon User is offline

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Re: Google to Buy Valve

Posted 17 September 2008 - 10:48 AM

im not sure if i like this or hate it. valve has always put out great products, and i wonder if google will change that, for better or worse
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Re: Google to Buy Valve

Posted 17 September 2008 - 02:18 PM

Google, for the sake of your credibility, don't bother playing Microsoft's monopolistic game. For the record, I'm not very happy with this decision, they really don't need the technology behind steam.
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Re: Google to Buy Valve

Posted 17 September 2008 - 02:26 PM

Theres nothing at all wrong with them buying Valve. All these companies are out to make money (and some seem to have a serious problem with that, for reasons that escape me), and buying this technology will definitely help with that
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Re: Google to Buy Valve

Posted 17 September 2008 - 02:35 PM

People have a problem with these companies, who in their most holy pursuit for money, stifle innovation and hurt you the consumer.
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Re: Google to Buy Valve

Posted 17 September 2008 - 02:48 PM

That's what I don't understand, how can Google buying Valve hurt the consumer? And I also don't see how this can stifle innovation as you say. If anything, Google buying Valve would be a good thing for Valve and the consumers who use their products (though I'm not one of them myself)
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Re: Google to Buy Valve

Posted 17 September 2008 - 03:25 PM

Part of Valve's success was their independence. I'd like to see how this plays out, I want to work there [Valve].

I'm on the fence, but I guess this is better then EA buying them out. Why Google though? Do they want to get into the games business? Lot's of interesting motive questions that are unanswered.


EDIT: Whew it looks like this was false :^:

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Re: Google to Buy Valve

Posted 18 September 2008 - 12:15 AM

View PostRodgerB, on 17 Sep, 2008 - 11:18 PM, said:

Google, for the sake of your credibility...

Google's what?
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Re: Google to Buy Valve

Posted 18 September 2008 - 05:18 AM

So the next versions of Half-Life and few other VALVE games will be officially open source. :D
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Re: Google to Buy Valve

Posted 18 September 2008 - 04:45 PM

View Post1lacca, on 18 Sep, 2008 - 06:15 PM, said:

View PostRodgerB, on 17 Sep, 2008 - 11:18 PM, said:

Google, for the sake of your credibility...

Google's what?

Trustworthiness. I for one believe Google isn't just a monopoly trying to whore out every sector of the IT market, and from what I've seen they have made some very intuitive and interesting additions to technology, especially open-source. Buying random companies isn't always the answer imo. If Google were to own valve, Google could start telling valve how to do their job instead of doing their own thing, doing their stuff. As KYA previously mentioned, a major part of valves success was the fact they were an independent developer.
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Re: Google to Buy Valve

Posted 19 September 2008 - 04:15 AM

While I am a fan of the Half Life games, I was not too impressed with Steam. If I go out and buy a game on CD/DVD, why should I then need an internet connection to play it? If for whatever reason (connection problems, not paying the bill, whatever) you cannot connect to Steam, it does not allow you to play HL2. I tried this when BT was having problems at the local telephone exchange and I could not get online.
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Re: Google to Buy Valve

Posted 19 September 2008 - 07:28 PM

Seems like a strange acquisition.
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Re: Google to Buy Valve

Posted 19 September 2008 - 08:12 PM

Google is just marking their territory.
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Re: Google to Buy Valve

Posted 20 September 2008 - 04:38 PM

Woah, I hadn't heard of this.
Then again, it seems like this was just a rumor:
http://tech.blorge.c...e-lot-of-steam/
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