So much for that. Apparently Apple CEO Tim Cook didn't visit Valve HQ as was widely reported last week, at least according to Valve's co-founder and managing director Gabe Newell. Kotaku got their hands on an early excerpt from Newell's interview with Seven Day Cooldown, and the rumor was so convincing that Newell himself actually believed it.
While everyone else was wondering why Cook was visiting Valve, Newell (and everyone else at Valve) was wondering who he was meeting with. Here's the full excerpt from Kotaku:
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.
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.
So, here's something else to speculate about: who came up with the idea that Tim Cook had visited Valve, and why? And if you were hoping that the visit heralded the coming of an Apple gaming console, don't let it worry you too much – why would Apple need Valve's help on that?