Beamer wrote on Feb 21, 2012, 10:56:
So GameStop is interested in playing around in what will ultimately put them out of business, but they are not interested in buying Steam. At this point I'm not convinced they have the capital required to buy Steam.
Thats probably because they want to build a competitor at a reasonable price, not "waste" (which is how they would likely view it) a bunch of cash in acquiring the existing customer base of the biggest one on the market. I'm sure they are arrogant enough to think they can beat steam since they have the used game market pretty well sewn up, and they have a good chunk of retail console too. I wouldn't be surprised if you are right though, that they don't have the capital it would take.
All that assumes that steam is even for sale. Gabe's not about to sell it. He's not in it for the money or he'd have sold out and retired long ago. He's so "obsessed" (his word not mine) about employee health, if nothing else he wouldn't do that for the sole reason it would effect how his employees feel.