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[-] TommySoda 169 points 2 weeks ago

I'm a PC gamer and have been since I was a kid. It's literally my number one thing I do when I have free time is get on some games and hang with the boys. It's a big part of my life.

As game companies go, I don't trust Microsoft, EA, Ubisoft, Blizzard, Bethesda, Sony, Epic Games... It's a long list. Valve is the only company I even kinda trust (Which isn't even that much these days). If Microsoft bought Valve I'd probably never buy a PC game again. Because all the companies selling them would be companies I don't wanna give money.

But it's not true that they were buying it so it's a moot point. Just wanted to rant. :)

[-] [email protected] 112 points 2 weeks ago

GabeN has pretty much all the moneys and doesn't seem to be the kind of guy who needs a dick shaped rocket to feel like his daddy loves him. The only way Valve is going anywhere is after he kicks it.

[-] 0110010001100010 67 points 2 weeks ago

Without digging too far, seems hit net worth is around $6 billion. Obviously that's nothing compared to say Bezos but if he wanted to ride a dick-shaped rocket into space I'm sure he could arrange it. He does, however, own the sub that holds the records for deepest crewed dives in all 5 oceans: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DSV_Limiting_Factor

As you said though, he seems to be pretty much chill and until the day he passes away I think Valve is safe. And that will be a sad day...

[-] SGG 28 points 2 weeks ago

Wonder if it's piloted using a steamdeck or controller?

[-] [email protected] 14 points 2 weeks ago

And he does invest heavily into Brain Computer Interface https://starfishneuroscience.com/team/

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[-] [email protected] 22 points 2 weeks ago

Preach on man... I feel the same way. If microshit bought Valve, I'd never buy another thing on the platform. And you could effectively forget Linux gaming as well.

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[-] Gutek8134 10 points 2 weeks ago

If Microsoft bought Valve I'd probably never buy a PC game again. Because all the companies selling them would be companies I don't wanna give money.

What about itch?

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[-] [email protected] 10 points 2 weeks ago* (last edited 2 weeks ago)

if microsoft bought valve, i would radicalize pretty badly. Not much else to do after ones only real hobby goes up in flames.

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[-] [email protected] 113 points 2 weeks ago

I'm sorry...ppl thought this was real? They paid like 60 something billion for blizz. VALVE is EASILY worth that, if not double.

[-] [email protected] 86 points 2 weeks ago

Also Gabe hates Microsoft, and Valve is a private company so he doesn't have to sell.

[-] [email protected] 43 points 2 weeks ago

I fear the day that man dies. I hope I have lost interest in gaming at that point.

[-] 9point6 35 points 2 weeks ago

I'm assuming there will be a willy wonka style competition to determine his heir any day now

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[-] psycho_driver 16 points 2 weeks ago

He and Linus both will leave behind interesting vacuums.

[-] [email protected] 9 points 2 weeks ago

Not Linus. He has a lot of people he trusts

[-] [email protected] 10 points 2 weeks ago

I'm guessing Gabe Newell does too. I highly doubt he hasn't considered succession at this point, and I'm guessing people he trusts are already largely running everything anyway.

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[-] [email protected] 16 points 2 weeks ago

Triple because valve has a reputation that isn't shit and is literally running the biggest game market in the world.

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[-] Subverb 92 points 2 weeks ago

Steam has to be worth a lot more than 12 billion.

[-] [email protected] 30 points 2 weeks ago* (last edited 2 weeks ago)

Considering what they paid for bethesda and co (7.5 bil) they should at least pay 100 bil.
They (estimations by random pages) already made a billion in revenue from cs cases in 2023.
No way they are <70 bil for the cash cow Steam is in comparison to ABK.

[-] Shadowedcross 13 points 2 weeks ago

Steam basically IS PC gaming, and probably has more active users than Xbox or Playstation, maybe even combined. There's no way it's worth any less than Activison Blizzard

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[-] unreasonabro 87 points 2 weeks ago* (last edited 2 weeks ago)

Jesus christ what a nightmare suggestion. That would be the death of the last good site on the internet. The enshittification they would inflict upon us as they fire all the senior staff, "legally" and onesidedly change all the contracts you've signed without your consultation, prune content, discontinue support for features and gear (byebye linux users), and increase their cut of dev's pie - it'd be truly legendary. Legenshitty, that's how bad it would be.

[-] [email protected] 28 points 2 weeks ago* (last edited 2 weeks ago)

Thousands would board the ships again. The stability of steam is a huge reason why I often buy games

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[-] [email protected] 83 points 2 weeks ago

“Valve would rather disintegrate than sell out” I think that was their answer to rumours of an EA acquisition of Valve, and it seems to stay true to this day

[-] [email protected] 27 points 2 weeks ago

Bandcamp used to be like that, ultimately it is a fundamentally empty promise, someday sooner than you think it will happen to valve. Enjoy it while it lasts but lets keep a keen eye on the future.

[-] [email protected] 24 points 2 weeks ago

It'll probably happen when GabeN dies or retires.

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[-] [email protected] 61 points 2 weeks ago

The rag called metro making news from random stuff again, I see. This is not even news. It's literally "reporting" that something is not happening.

Like this: "Intel not buying AMD for 6B$" Industry insiders report that Intel has decided not to buy their rivals for 6B$. The CEO of AMD has reportedly stated having no interest in selling to Intel. Their spokesperson, when confronted with this breaking news, replied "WTF have you been smoking, Pringles?" We will continue to report on this story as it continues to develop.

[-] [email protected] 24 points 2 weeks ago

They are just covering what a rando on Xitter is saying. Sadly this is the news cycle nowadays:

Unverified / unknown person posts a claim on X > "news" websites write a 6 paragraph article about this single post

And instead of being critical, people just gobble up anything as if it was true.

[-] EnderMB 10 points 2 weeks ago

Metro is owned by the Daily Mail Group, which is why they're so shit. It's an output for news-esque shitposting.

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[-] [email protected] 61 points 2 weeks ago

Kellogg's Cereal is not buying Raytheon Aerospace.

-equivalent headline

[-] [email protected] 21 points 2 weeks ago

I'd believe in a Raytheon Kellogg's merger before I believed GabeN would sell to M$

[-] [email protected] 12 points 2 weeks ago

SpaceX will not be selling itself to Boeing, surprising absolutely nobody

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[-] [email protected] 51 points 2 weeks ago

Valve is the only company i trust to handle my games. Them being bought by Microsoft would ruin their entire business and would probably not happen because Cartel offices have to say something about that.

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[-] [email protected] 47 points 2 weeks ago

I hearby announce that I am also not buying Valve & Counter-Strike for £12 billion. You heard it here first!

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[-] [email protected] 43 points 2 weeks ago* (last edited 2 weeks ago)

valve is a fucking money printer

honestly would be funny if valve bought microsoft instead

(edit: typo and clarification)

[-] Soup 39 points 2 weeks ago

We’d get to watch Microsoft somehow destroy it, which would be as amazing as it would be awful. They really know how to make a great product terrible.

Though, who am I kidding, they’d just close the entire thing down and expect people to switch to their store. That’s all capitalism’s “competition” is good for these days.

[-] [email protected] 23 points 2 weeks ago* (last edited 2 weeks ago)

i for one would find it absolutely hilarious if valve just closed microsoft as a "redundant" or "vestigial"

big ole uno reverse card

[-] [email protected] 18 points 2 weeks ago

Let's hope for a future where SteamOS ushers in the Year of the Linux Desktop and SteamOS replaced Windows everywhere.

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[-] [email protected] 14 points 2 weeks ago

Microsoft sits on an incredible amount of cash. I've read that they could do nothing for a ridiculous time period like 50 or 100 years and still not go bankrupt.

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[-] xploit 38 points 2 weeks ago

As lucrative as Valve and Steam may seem to buy, even for 10x that amount, any analyst who is realistic about suggesting the purchase to another company would know that it isn't worth it. Not that it's a bad buy, but whoever can afford to buy it likely could not help themselves but fuck it up and run the whole operation to the ground.

[-] SkabySkalywag 14 points 2 weeks ago

I agree with you and that works in a sane economy. Thank fucking Christ that Elon isn't a big gamer....

[-] [email protected] 11 points 2 weeks ago

Elon was able to buy Twitter because it's public, and it wasn't making money.

Valve is a privately owned company, and I have a feeling they care a little about what they're doing.

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[-] buddascrayon 27 points 2 weeks ago

Next in the news "water is wet".

[-] [email protected] 27 points 2 weeks ago* (last edited 2 weeks ago)

I feel like Steam would make more than 12 billion pounds in the time it would take for a take over to finalize

[-] slaacaa 27 points 2 weeks ago

So no Win11-only compatibility and copilot bloatware in Steam? What a sad day 🙁

[-] SloppyPuppy 21 points 2 weeks ago

12bil for steam? Nah man, its probably triple than that.

[-] buddascrayon 30 points 2 weeks ago

Activision, which is like Valve's slower and far less intelligent cousin, sold for $59B. Valve would be worth orders of magnitude more than that.

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[-] [email protected] 17 points 2 weeks ago

I really hope the FTC would block that (if it were to actually happen)...

[-] [email protected] 11 points 2 weeks ago

Never thought they were.

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