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Valve Worth $3B?

Forbes declares Valve's Gabe Newell "The Newest Video Game Billionaire" in an article on the success of Valve and Steam. They admit that they can't know the true financial state of Valve, which is privately owned, but they offer a "conservative" estimate that's pretty eye-popping: "Even the most conservative estimates put Valve’s enterprise value at more than $3 billion, and since Newell owns more than 50% of the company, that means he’s worth at least $1.5 billion."

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24. Re: Valve Worth $3B? Mar 7, 2012, 23:37 killer_roach
 
eunichron wrote on Mar 7, 2012, 22:35:
But why would Valve even bother buying out EA? Valve is already one of the best publishers, and practically has the DD market cornered with Steam. They have no reason to want to buy out anyone else.

Simply put, Valve lacks development capacity. If they want to make games, they'll either need to go on a hiring binge or acquire somebody.

Unless, of course, they're content to simply be a middleman, in which case they can get by just fine with their current head count.
 
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