Michael Pachter

Report: EA considered buying Valve, company would more likely "disintegrate" says Newell

Omri Petitte at

A New York Times report published last weekend discussed Valve's unorthodox structure and employee handbook in the wake of the studio jumping into hardware production. According to an anonymous source in the report, competitor and partner EA once eyeballed Valve for a possible purchase valued at over $1 billion, but Gabe Newell says the company would "disintegrate" before being sold.

Gamers' Voice vs Michael Pachter

Matt Purslow at

On Monday we reported that UK gaming pressure group Gamers' Voice were going to report Activision to the Office of Fair Trading, due to the PlayStation 3 and PC versions of Call of Duty: Black Ops being released in such a buggy state that it was almost unplayable. Since then, industry analyst Michael Pachter has labelled the group "crybabies". Such a move has caused a war of words between the group and Pachter. Read on for the full 'Pach-Attack' story.