The New York Times
has claimed that they have seen a report in which it is shown that Electronic Arts
has been aiming to purchase Valve
; and for this purpose EA was -apparently- prepared to pay up to $1 billion dollars.
"Valve has been pursued over the years by Electronic Arts, which would very likely have valued Valve at well over $1 billion had the talks progressed that far"
On this article, a lot was discussed about Valve, from its unorthodox structure, to its employee handbook; as well as the jump this company is doing by starting to produce hardware.
As well, the offer of $1 billion dollars which was rejected by Gabe Newell -company's co-founder- stating his concerns about the company getting disintegrate if purchased by another company.
"Let’s find some giant company that wants to cash us out and wait two or three years to have our employment agreements terminate"
This might have been rejected, as well, due to some estimations from different outsiders, which have stated that Valve is worth around $2.5 billion dollars, yet with the declaration from Gabe Newell, we have to think has nothing to do.
EA's Chief Operating Officer Peter Moore has stated that Valve is on the "cutting edge of the future of the industry"
; and earlier this year, he had stated his concerns regarding Origin getting behind Valve's services.
Here is the full article from the New York Times