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Gabe Newell: No One At Valve Met with Tim Cook Last Week

By - Source: Kotaku | B 18 comments

But don't worry, even the folks at Valve believed the rumor when they heard it.

Last week the video game industry was buzzing about a rumored meeting between Valve boss Gabe Newell and Apple CEO Tim Cook. Speculation was rife as to what the two men could have been talking about but many thought it was something to do with Apple iTV.

"Valve and Apple are seemingly a good pair if they get all their ducks lined up in a row correctly which is why an Apple iTV packed with Valve's gaming hardware doesn't seem all that far-fetched," our own Kevin Parrish wrote earlier week. "That's what Apple Tim Cook reportedly went to go see: progress on the console aspect that will rely on motion and touch-based controls."

However, as exciting as that prospect may seem, it looks like this meeting might never have taken place. Kotaku reports that Gabe Newell quashed the rumor in an interview with Seven Day Cooldown. Gabe said that when they heard the news, even they thought it was true, and it kicked off a flurry of emails asking who the CEO was coming to see.

"We actually, we all sent mail to each other, going, 'Who's Tim Cook meeting with? Is he meeting with you? I'm not meeting with Tim Cook.' So we're... it's one of those rumors that was stated so factually that we were actually confused," he told Seven Day Cooldown.

All is not lost, though. While Gabe confirmed that the meeting never took place, he also expressed a certain desire for such a meeting in the future.

"No one here was meeting with Tim Cook or with anybody at Apple that day. I wish we were! We have a long list of things we'd love to see Apple do to support games and gaming better. But no, we didn't meet with Tim Cook. He seems like a smart guy, but I've never actually met him."

No word on whether or not Newell discussed the rumors regarding a Valve console. Things came to a head late last week when a job posting for an Electronics Engineer popped up on Valve's website and many people thought that it could be connected to the Apple meeting. However, if Gabe is telling the truth, and Valve and Apple haven't met, that means this console has nothing to do with Cupertino. Interesting, eh?

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    sterimar , April 21, 2012 5:17 PM
    Where is Half-Life 3? That's the only thing I want to hear about Valve.
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    ojas , April 21, 2012 5:49 PM
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    However, as troubling as that prospect may seem, it looks like this meeting might never have taken place. [Ed. Thank god]

    Fixed! :) 

    vision33rThe iPad is the cheapest Mac, it may not be a full desktop or laptop. It has iOS and it cost about as much as a PC.

    Well in that case the iPod Nano would be the "cheapest mac". Macs are desktop/laptop systems, and as much as i dislike working with mac os, it is still a full OS. not mobile crap.

    and steam sells GAMES, not games. Steam-Apple would likely sell igames. Angry Bird is considered a AAA+ title in Apple's world, didn't you know...
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    sp0nger , April 21, 2012 5:26 PM
    Yeah seriously where is half life 3

    I love valve, and im glad to see that they havent turned to the dark side (apple) but come on now, we all know your waiting for the next get to do half-life 3 but can we just get a screen shot of a gordon/alex combo so that i can ease these blue balls?
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  • 21 Hide
    sterimar , April 21, 2012 5:17 PM
    Where is Half-Life 3? That's the only thing I want to hear about Valve.
  • 10 Hide
    sp0nger , April 21, 2012 5:26 PM
    Yeah seriously where is half life 3

    I love valve, and im glad to see that they havent turned to the dark side (apple) but come on now, we all know your waiting for the next get to do half-life 3 but can we just get a screen shot of a gordon/alex combo so that i can ease these blue balls?
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    ojas , April 21, 2012 5:49 PM
    Quote:
    However, as troubling as that prospect may seem, it looks like this meeting might never have taken place. [Ed. Thank god]

    Fixed! :) 

    vision33rThe iPad is the cheapest Mac, it may not be a full desktop or laptop. It has iOS and it cost about as much as a PC.

    Well in that case the iPod Nano would be the "cheapest mac". Macs are desktop/laptop systems, and as much as i dislike working with mac os, it is still a full OS. not mobile crap.

    and steam sells GAMES, not games. Steam-Apple would likely sell igames. Angry Bird is considered a AAA+ title in Apple's world, didn't you know...
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    Parsian , April 21, 2012 7:50 PM
    "my classmate's step-aunt use to make $75/hour on the internet until she took an "arrow" to her vagina. ..."

    Let me guess you are now doing her job?
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    AsTheDeath , April 21, 2012 11:40 PM
    Now you're just confusing me. Hasn't it been clear for the past couple of weeks that Valve ISN"T working on a console, but instead on some kind of wearable computing device... whatever that may be? Have I missed something or has Tom's still not caught on to the facts (as stated by mr. Valve Employee over at http://blogs.valvesoftware.com/abrash/valve-how-i-got-here-what-its-like-and-what-im-doing-2/)
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    demonhorde665 , April 22, 2012 3:18 AM
    sp0ngerYeah seriously where is half life 3I love valve, and im glad to see that they havent turned to the dark side (apple) but come on now, we all know your waiting for the next get to do half-life 3 but can we just get a screen shot of a gordon/alex combo so that i can ease these blue balls?



    here doctors prescribed medication for blue balls

    a pack of condoms , about 300 bucks, ,then enter one of those cheap seedy massage parlors in the down town areas of your local city ... blue balls will be relieved in roughly 1 minute to 1 hour depending on the patient!
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    alidan , April 22, 2012 5:14 AM
    sterimarWhere is Half-Life 3? That's the only thing I want to hear about Valve.


    its the launch title for what ever system they put out or whoever they are tied to.
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    tomc100 , April 22, 2012 7:27 AM
    Half-life 3 is an obvious launch title for the next gen systems, ie. xbox720 or PS4. There's no way in hell that Valve is going to end the series with an engine that is a decade old. And that will also give them the excuse of no longer supporting dx9 and winxp.
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    eddieroolz , April 22, 2012 2:27 PM
    Well they can deny it all they want, I'm sure Apple would like to expand their meager selection of games as Macs get popular.
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    Blarg44 , April 22, 2012 3:48 PM
    Half-Life 3? You guys are being ridiculous Valve never make the third instalment of a game.
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    DRosencraft , April 22, 2012 4:06 PM
    When you look at the baskets Apple has it's eggs in, gaming has probably the fewest. Steve Jobs, if I remember correctly, was not all that excited about gaming and avoided getting Apple invovled in it. But if you're Apple of today, and you want to keep your company growing, you're probably looking at the success of gaming shovelware in your online store and want a bigger chunk. As a bonus, it would give them another area to compete with MSFT in.

    That being said, I'm not so sure Valve and Apple would cooperate at this stage. Apple would probably want to start with some kind of exclusive gimmic; at minimum some A+ game available only on the AppStore, or at maximum their own console with its own exclusive launch titles (like Microsoft with the launch of the original Xbox). Valve, by comparison, would not be likely to take on the risk of developing a game solely for a platform that is not yet proven. Valve would likely prefer to have the option of porting their game at leat to PCs, if not to the consoles. Otherwise, Apple could just gamble a huge pot of money to get Valve's (or some other company's) cooperation, or at least their expertise.
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    face-plants , April 23, 2012 5:44 AM
    I have trouble seeing Apple's very closed market approach to software development mixing well with Valve. One of the best things about Valve's own titles was the mods that kept the playable content coming way after the initial game was beaten and played through entirely. Counter-strike, team fortress and many others were all free mods at first and came from more of a homebrew or maybe more accurately modding type of scene. If the newest Half-Life title has anything to do with Apple, I see very bad prospects of open development kits and easy to use mods running on the new engine.
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    tical2399 , April 23, 2012 11:55 AM
    Not really excited about this really. Never like valve games (yes I known not liking HL2 or TF2 is blasphemy to the gaming gods) or apple products so from my point of view nothing good will come out of any collaboration between these two.
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    agatha666 , April 23, 2012 2:04 PM
    sure Apple would like to expand their meager selection of games as Macs get popular.
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    back_by_demand , April 23, 2012 2:43 PM
    Seriously, people need to stop calling it iTV, if you give it credence then Apple will use that as ammo to just steal it from Independant Television.
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    back_by_demand , April 23, 2012 2:45 PM
    tomc100Half-life 3 is an obvious launch title for the next gen systems, ie. xbox720 or PS4. There's no way in hell that Valve is going to end the series with an engine that is a decade old. And that will also give them the excuse of no longer supporting dx9 and winxp.

    Not likely PS4, seeing as the marketing machine for Microsoft and Nintendo are in full swing and the guys over at Sony haven't even had a twitch from the R&D department.
    ...
    More than likely a dual Xbox 720 / PC launch
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    gm0n3y , April 23, 2012 6:14 PM
    Thank the FSM! This was the most disturbing rumour that I'd heard in the last few months.