Earlier this week, it was rumoured that Microsoft is interested in acquiring Electronic Arts or Valve. And while such a scenario seems unlikely, Gabe Newell responded to a fan who emailed him, asking whether the company was being bought by Microsoft. And… well… his answer will not shock you.
As Gabe Newell said, Valve is not being bought by Microsoft.
And that is that. I mean, did you seriously believe that Valve would be bought by Microsoft? Yes, Microsoft has a lot of money to spend but I’m pretty sure that Valve is making a lot of money right now thanks to Steam. Hell, the company does not even have to develop any game right now thanks to its distribution service so there is no sense at all for Microsoft to even attempt to acquire it (unless of course it has plans to merge the Windows Store with Steam).
For what it’s worth, Valve is currently working on Artifact; an upcoming Dota 2-themed card game that is set to release later this year. Artifact will feature lanes, use heroes such as the Bounty Hunter, and have cards like barracks that push creeps down lanes.