Valve, the owner of Steam and developer behind the Half Life
series, has told SPOnG that reports of an imminent take-over by Google is pure rumour.
The developer's marketing director, Doug Lombardi, told SPOnG that the story is "100% rumour". We have also asked Doug whether Google has contacted his company, we await the response.
The rumour originated over at The Inquirer, which reported that "well placed sources" had said a buyout was on the cusp of being completed.
While Valve has dismissed the reports, the fact stands that the company is open to discussions about potential sale. Lombardi was recently quoted as saying
that if anyone is interested in such a deal, Valve is "happy to have that conversation."