Rumor: Google To Acquire Valve, Maker of Half-Life and Counter-Strike

Update: NO SALE – Valve says Google isn’t buying the company

The latest acquisition rumor is that Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) may acquire Valve Corporation.  Valve is best known for the games, Half-Life and Counter-Strike.  The rumor was started by “well placed sources” of The Inquirer.

Why would Google buy a gaming company?  Valve has a content distribution system called Steam.  Steam is a way to get download free and paid games to PCs and Macs.  Access to this 24/7 online store  saves consumers time from having to go to a store to buy them.  Steam has about 15 million users that have access to buy 440 games according to TechCrunch.

This deal is completely speculative.  Personally I don’t believe the acquisition will happen because I don’t see the synergy here.  But The Inquirer has it’s sources and at one point I wrote that I did not believe that Google would buy YouTube.  If the acquisition does happen, this blog post will be updated.

This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at
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