Microsoft is NOT buying Valve. Yes, Gabe actually responded.

ASleepingMonkey

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Oct 26, 2017
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I never bought into this particular aspect of the rumor, seems more like a WANT from MS rather than a legit possibility. Also was this a response to you?? Or was this someone else.
 

Soulflarz

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Oct 25, 2017
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MS is looking into prospects of potentially buying companies x y and z makes a shit headline because internally talking about it as a potential thing doesn't mean they contacted companies x y and z at all, hence making the entire original topic fluff.
 

Imran

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Oct 24, 2017
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You'd have to be pretty dumb to think "Microsoft is investigating this possibility" means "THE CHECK HAS CLEARED THEY GOIN IN"
 

Soap

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Oct 27, 2017
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People actually believing that Microsoft would buy Valve Lmao
If they were publicly trading, they could easily try to perform a hostile takeover - beyond that, as a privately rub company, there is no way Valve is getting sold and there is no way Gabe is giving up his billions for Microsoft of all corporations.
 
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Gundam

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Oct 25, 2017
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"The community is shaken"?

I don't know why, but that instills mighty chuckles for me.
 

RexNovis

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Oct 25, 2017
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he didnt say no

he just said he wasnt aware
He is the owner of valve and valve is a privately held company which makes him the sole owner. If there had been any offers or moves made by MS he would know.

I am baffled by how many people bought into these rumors of Balve and/or EA being acquired. Y’all are letting your own biases cloud your judgement if you think these things are at all likely to occur.
 

Derrick01

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Oct 25, 2017
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Here we will all act like this is common knowledge, seemingly forgetting there was a 90+ page thread on this nonsense that was full of people who thought this was a real possibility.
 

Soap

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Oct 27, 2017
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He is the owner of valve and valve is a privately held company which makes him the sole owner. If there had been any offers or moves made by MS he would know.

I am baffled by how many people bought into these rumors of Balve and/or EA being acquired. Y’all are letting your own biases cloud your judgement if you think these things are at all likely to occur.
I’m not claiming to be an expert or anything, but private companies still have shareholders... They are just harder to define. I would be hesitant to call Gabe the sole owner, but he is certainly the individual with the most power.
 

jelly

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Oct 26, 2017
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Sounds like he is interested, please call. How many billions, a few more......okay.

Steam doesn't suit Microsoft, they would rename it SteamXbox, upgrade the client with new features, hurrah, make Half Life 3, hurrah.

Seriously, how would Microsoft even meld Steam into Windows etc. Doesn't work.
 

bbq of doom

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Oct 25, 2017
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Here we will all act like this is common knowledge, seemingly forgetting there was a 90+ page thread on this nonsense that was full of people who thought this was a real possibility.
This is a message board about gaming. Why wouldn't we discuss a rumor like this, and given the possibilities and potential fallout, why wouldn't that discussion be considerable?
 

LeleSocho

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Dec 3, 2017
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Does anyone know how rich is Valve really? i don't know if MS could offer an amount of money large enough that Valve may be tempted to accept.
 

Derrick01

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Oct 25, 2017
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This is a message board about gaming. Why wouldn't we discuss a rumor like this, and given the possibilities and potential fallout, why wouldn't that discussion be considerable?
Anyone with an ounce of sense and knowledge about Valve as a company knew the part about MS buying Valve was complete BS and not worth discussing. It was never anything more than pure fanboy fantasy. We know no one can buy Valve unless Gabe chooses to sell, and he hates MS. It was a very easy thing to shoot down.
 

jelly

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Oct 26, 2017
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I imagine Valve and Gabe is somewhat like Lucasarts and Lucas, when the time comes to move on he will reach out to someone and that will be it.
 

bbq of doom

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Oct 25, 2017
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Anyone with an ounce of sense and knowledge about Valve as a company knew the part about MS buying Valve was complete BS and not worth discussing. It was never anything more than pure fanboy fantasy. We know no one can buy Valve unless Gabe chooses to sell, and he hates MS. It was a very easy thing to shoot down.
Right, but that wasn't the entirety of the thread.
 

Nzyme32

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Oct 28, 2017
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At least sell the Half Life franchise for fuck sake.
I rather HL crash and burn with Valve or see a return with them than farmed out for perpetual sequels till its wasted away and they either reboot / make some other franchise. There are plenty of franchises and companies you can get that from.
 

Hindle

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Oct 29, 2017
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I rather HL crash and burn with Valve or see a return with them than farmed out for perpetual sequels till its wasted away and they either reboot / make some other franchise. There are plenty of franchises and companies you can get that from.
That's silly.

We have seen what one generation of developers did with Half Life.

Let's see what a new generation can do. The IP to me is like SW, or Batman. Let different guys have a go.
 

JaseC

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Oct 25, 2017
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I imagine Valve and Gabe is somewhat like Lucasarts and Lucas, when the time comes to move on he will reach out to someone and that will be it.
I suspect Gabe will hold on to his majority stake in Valve ("more than half", which is assumed to mean 51%) well into retirement, but when he inevitably does cash out, it's more likely he'll do so internally, similar to Mike Harrington all those years ago. Selling to a third party would rob Valve of the autonomy upon which it was built and adversely impact company culture.
 
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