The Inquirer is reporting that they heard from big sources that Google is probably going to buy Valve. It seems it is mostly because Google is interested in the Steam platform which Valve uses to distribute games.
UPDATE:Valve have stated that the buyout speculation was just a rumour. The information comes after Valve responded to a query from ShackNews in relation to the speculations – Source:ShackNews
“Update: Valve has responded to the Google buyout rumors, apparently issuing an unsurprising denial in one succinct word.
“Rumor,” Valve marketing VP Dough Lombardi told Shacknews.”
The Inquirer: “WELL PLACED SOURCES tell us that Google is going to be buying Valve any second now. If you have to stop and think about why, you probably are not aware of Steam, Valve’s amazing content distribution platform.
Google Portal may be a nice idea, but that is irrelevant. Google Content Distribution (Beta) however should make just about every other competitor lose several years of sleep, most of their remaining hair, and large gobs of stock price.
Valve has the best content distribution platform out there, bar none. Steam may have had rough patches here and there, but they are almost all ironed out now, and just about everyone that matters has signed up to use it.
When Google picks them up, it will be a clean kill, no one else will matter. It is a good buy for them, a good thing for Valve, and in general, good for everyone except MS. Then again, they are irrelevant now, so who cares?
This might be something interesting for the future if Google teams up with Valve. Who knows if its true, we will know soon 😉
Source: The Inquirer