Report: Google to buy Valve Software

by admin September 17, 2008 at 8:06 pm

Google is on the brink of buying noted video game maker Valve Software, according to a report in The Inquirer that cites “well-placed sources.”

Bellevue, Wash.-based Valve rose to prominence through games such as its Half Life series, but The Inquirer’s Charlie Demerjian speculates the reason Google would be most interested in the company is its Steam Powered technology, a multipurpose online hub with throngs of users.

That rationale makes some sense to me as well, in part because getting into the video game business in and of itself doesn’t sound terribly well aligned with Google’s mission “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.” Steam is an online foundation for selling and distributing games, updating patches, enabling multiplayer online chat, and using digital rights management to control who has permission to use elements like game versions or game terrain.

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