Valve “happy” to talk about acquisition

By Patrick Garratt, Tuesday, 5 August 2008 07:12 GMT

Valve’s Doug Lombardi has said the firm is open to talk about acquisition in an interview with Gamasutra, the first time the shooter developer has mentioned anything of the sort in public.

Valve’s “happy to have that conversation,” he told the site.

“By the same token, the company’s doing pretty well, and we’re really happy with what we’re doing,” he added.

“So we’ll see. I mean, anything is possible.”

Lombardo went on to talk about EA’s involvement with the firm, labouring the point that Valve is as independent as possible and was merely looking for a distribution partner in the publisher.

“We had been socialized to doing so many things ourselves, whether it’s box creation, funding our own development, etcetera,” he said, “that when we came to meet with folks about a distribution deal – and I use that phrase intentionally – we were looking for somebody to do a certain set of services that we didn’t want to do, or weren’t versed in, and nothing more.”

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