Stories have been circulating through the rumor mills over the past week about Apple’s own Tim Cook making a curious visit to Valve’s offices in Bellevue, Washington. To go even further, “anonymous sources” had stated that Apple and Valve were meeting about a collaboration on some mysterious, new Apple games console. Well, if you noticed all the red flags about anonymous sources and inconsistencies in the rumors themselves (claiming that the product in question was the ‘Steam Box,’ even though Valve had already shot down the very idea), then your perceptiveness has paid off. In a podcast interview with Seven Day Cooldown, Gabe Newell himself had stated that not only had Tim Cook not visited Valve, Newell had never even met with the man.
“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.”
Well that pretty much settles it, Valve and Apple are not doing anything together. In fact, the only reliable information about Valve making any sort of hardware has come from Valve’s own newly established blog. Even then, the blog states that they aren’t actually developing any hardware at the moment (and probably won’t for some time), but are simply researching the idea. It seems people are so sick of making up new Half Life rumors that they are trying to throw as many new things as possible out there. Interesting, considering how E3 is coming up. Oh well, the full interview with Gabe Newell will be ready for public ears soon on Seven Day’s website, it sounds like an interesting one so be sure to check it out.