Is Valve finally ready to sell out? According to a new media report, the company behind games like Half-Life, Left 4 Dead and many other games, along with the Steam PC gaming download store, met with Korean-based Nexon to discuss a possible acquisition deal.
Joongang News reports, via unnamed sources, that the two companies met in Hawaii on Wednesday, with Nexon reportedly offering a $893 million deal to acquire Valve. Nexons US PR rep would not comment on the reports and Valve has yet to comment.
Nexon and Valve have partnered in the past, with Nexon launching an Asian version of Valves Counter-Strike franchise. Nexon has also had success in the US with its many free-to-play games, including MapleStory and Combat Arms.
However, Valve in the past has resisted being bought out by larger companies as it seeks to go its own way, including developing its own hardware prototypes and expanding its Steam platform to work on large screen televisions.
Recently, a report said that Electronic Arts has made moves to purchase Valve in the past, but Valves founder Gabe Newell has said he would rather have the company "disintegrate" before selling out.