Whilst the reports remains unconfirmed at time of writing, we do know that EA were prepared to pay up to $1 billion to add Valve to their collection of studios.
Valve aren’t looking to confirm or deny the report either, but the head of Valve Gabe Newell, has stated that regardless; It’s not going to happen.
At the very least, Gabe would rather that Valve disintegrate and the many employees that make it up head out and find new jobs elsewhere in the market rather than sell everything to a major publisher like EA.
“It’s way more likely we would head in that direction than say, ‘Let’s find some giant company that wants to cash us out and wait two or three years to have our employment agreements terminate,’ “
It’s pretty clear that EA arent’ going to get their hands on the jewel of PC gaming in Gabe’s lifetime. But is that the right move for Valve? I’m with Gabe on this matter.
EA have taken numerous studios and turned them into hit machines that churn out game after game, all the while slashing and cutting budgets and staff to make sure that revenue flows. Studios shouldn’t be shafted because the publisher needs more profit.