So the folks at Forbes are thinking that Google could become a big name in the games industry, and now rumors are swirling about the internets that they are planning on doing just that in the way of all giant corporations with way too much money - buying someone else. In this case, the target is Valve, makers of Half-Life, Portal, Team Fortress 2, and oh yeah, Steam. The enormously popular digital gaming distribution platform would indeed present a tasty takeover target for the company that loves making money off the internet. The rumors originate with The Inquirer, which cites well placed sources saying that such a purchase is not only possible, but imminent, as in "any second now". Our take on the rumor? Very iffy. These sort of stories generally don't just pop up one day, though of course Valve's Doug Lombardi has stated that they're willing to be bought. We've contacted Valve for comment and will let you know as soon as we hear back. Google to buy Valve [The Inquirer]
I would love to see this happen, if only to be reassured that when Google takes over the world, that at least we'll have an awesome games library.
Gabe Newell once said that he would love to see Steam make every PC game released available for purchase. I, for one, am a hundred percent for such a game-tatorship. With Google's liberating outlook on delivering internets and technology to the masses, I could certainly see them putting enough of the cash moneys into Steam to propel it even further and faster forward than before... and since it wouldn't be owned by Vivendi/Universal anymore, wouldn't this make them less partial to exclude competition?
I might be missing some corporate hierarchies in here somewhere, making my point moot, sorry. It's just that Steam's a great system, and Google's not run by idiots...