We asked Valve to comment on the rumour, and received a succinct reply:
"Which is all it is... a rumor."
Can it really be true that Google are about to buy Valve? So goes the rumour that's currently setting the internet alight. A rumour we look on with dubiously raised eyebrows and possible scorn. Yeah, right. Very happy to be proved wrong. But we'll see.
The Inquirer cite "well placed sources", who say the purchase will happen any moment now. All other stories link back to that one. The Inquirer seems pretty confident, but then also pretty vague. But it does sound like a special kind of nonsense. Never mind that it's a little early in the morning US time for a deal to be happening. It's currently 4.30am in Seattle, where both companies reside.
Last year we had the following exchange with Valve boss/owner Gabe Newell:
RPS: I have a friend (an idiot) who is determined that in six months Valve will be owned by either Microsoft or EA…
Gabe: Tell him that I’m not interested in buying either one of them.