RUMOR: Bethesda/Zenimax to buy Valve!

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  1. EnigmaXtreme
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    If rumors are to be believed, Bethesda's parent company ZeniMax isn't happy with just owning the Doom, Quake and Wolfenstein franchises, it wants to get its hands on possibly the most highly regarded first-person shooter in the world, Half-Life.

    Valve, like id Software, has remained independent since its inception in 1996 and has partnered up with larger companies to handle distribution, first with Sierra, and then later with EA. The purchase of Valve would be a significant boost for ZeniMax, given how beloved the developer is and the acquisition of Steam isn't something to be sneezed at either.

    On Valve's part, the move might be a smart one, giving it access to funds and a relatively hands-off publisher, which is something that it seems to like. We've contacted both Valve and Zenimax for comment and will keep you updated.

    Source: http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/...da-to-buy-Valve
     


  2. Neko

    Neko Been a while.

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    I can't see that happening. Gabe would bite his own ass if he sold Valve.
     
  3. jesterscourt

    jesterscourt Not Brad.

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    I'm going to go with no whammy on this one. VALVe is fine just the way it is, and I think they are fine with their current capital and revenue model.
     
  4. DeltaBurnt

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    Seriously? I know this may not be correct but I wouldn't be surprised if Valve was doing better than Bethesda.

    Seriously with Left 4 Dead, Left 4 Dead 2, Half Life 2 (and all of it's episodes), Half life 1, Counter Strike, Portal, Team Fortress, Team Fortress 2. Plus Valve basically dominates steam.
     
  5. Gobnoblin

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    valve so dominates i thought steam was just a part of it ?
     
  6. dinofan01

    dinofan01 Misses the old days...

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    False as hell. Valve doesn't need more money. They get plenty of cash to fund all their games with steam. The day valve stops being independent is the day I buy Nintendo, Disney, Google, and Microsoft.
     
  7. psycoblaster

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    Naw really. Valve is good just the way it is. ZeniMax is now just outdated, and even the half life and CS series are doing great. Even though Valve made a stupid mistake which let people play their steam games illegally with a ripped version, I'll have to say that I think Valve is the one who could buy ZeniMax, not the other way around.
     
  8. nIxx

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    I think alone with Steam they will already make more as enough money (like XBOX Live) they don´t need Bethesda/zenimax. If anything is true about that rumour then most likely there will be a partnership between them i guess but you never know [​IMG].
     
  9. Opium

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    Valve will probably just make the same comment they did when it was rumored EA wanted to buy Valve. When asked to comment on the rumor's Valve said "We're not interested in buying EA."
     
  10. Maz7006

    Maz7006 iSEXu

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    ^^ that.
     
  11. Maikel Steneker

    Maikel Steneker M3 Fanboy

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    Well, I was surprised when they bought id as well. I don't believe this yet, but it could be true.
     
  12. DeltaBurnt

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    That's what I was thinking.
     
  13. Guild McCommunist

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    Well, I thought Valve made Steam. I would think their games are #1, on top of the fact that they sell games like Half Life, Team Fortress, and L4D.

    I never heard of ZeniMax until I just Wikipedia'd them. I wouldn't see them as big enough to buy Valve. They don't make anything that's really as notable as Half-Life.
     
  14. Gobnoblin

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    yeah i totally thought valve owned steam as well...... guess that'll learn me.... valve should own steam if they don't as they are the mainstay by far.... hope they have stock options in it at least as they singlehandly made it huge
     
  15. ditto_n

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    Valve does own steam, where the hell did anyone get any idea otherwise. It says right on the bottom of every store and community page/
     
  16. House Spider

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    I don't ike the way they bought Id because Quake is like one of my favourite games espcially on Nightmare mode! I don't want them to buy Half-Life either.
     
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  18. Richy Freeway

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    And how has Bethesda buying Id affected your enjoyment of Quake? What do you think would happen to Half-Life if they bought Valve?

    Weird comment.
     
  19. DSGamer64

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    He would turn into Peter Molyneaux as well, who basically lied to fans by saying he wouldn't sell his company and then turned around and did just that a few weeks later.
     
  20. EnigmaXtreme
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    Bethesda owning Valve would do nothing to change Half Life.