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A published rumor that Apple CEO Tim Cook was sighted visiting the headquarters of Steam publisher Valve appears to be completely unfounded in a cautionary tale about the legitimacy of Apple rumors.
MacRumors is reporting that rumors of Apple CEO Tim Cook’s visit to Valve headquarters has been debunked by none other than co-founder Gabe Newell in a podcast interview with video game website Kotaku. Word that Cook was visiting the Steam publishers quickly spread following a report from AppleInsider last Friday, April 13.
While gamers and pundits tripped over themselves trying to theorize why Cook might be having a powwow with Valve, it turns out the company’s executives were trying to get to the bottom of the rumor themselves.
“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,’” co-founder Gabe Newell told Kotaku during a recent podcast interview. “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,” Newell concludes. “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.”
As noted by MacRumors, speculation about a Cook-Valve summit included the possibility of the gaming company’s Steam service being somehow integrated with the often-rumored Apple television. Just remember, kids: Be careful what you read out there, because reality is often far less exciting than the rumors…
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