Anyone who has purchased any gaming software, may be familiar with Steam, which is a Valve feature program. On the Steam site they describe Steam as:
- Instantly access your favorite games
The full Steam library and all future Steam releases are at your fingertips. After you’ve purchased a game, download it immediately and start playing.
- Join the Steam Community
Now it’s easy to find someone to play with, meet up with friends, connect with groups with similar interests, and host and join chats, matches, and tournaments. Best of all, it’s all free.
- Chat with your friends while gaming
With Steam’s “Friends” service, you can talk to your friends while you play. You can also see when they’re playing games and easily join the same servers together.
- Easily browse multiplayer game servers
Steam’s integrated server browser makes it easy to navigate thousands of Internet game servers.
- Receive automatic game updates
Hunting for patches and downloading from unorganized web sites is so twentieth-century. On Steam, your games stay up-to-date by themselves. No hassles.
- Play your games on any PC
Once you have a Steam account, you can sign in from any PC to access your games. Your games are associated with your account, not your computer.
So what will Valve and Steam offer Google? It will provide Google with a tried and true distribution system. As the article goes on to state, this will be a good buy for Google and good for everyone except Microsoft. With a base of 10 million registered users, this makes Valve even more attractive.
This is a rumor only. But a rumor with teeth. :-)