Gameplayer writer James Cottee theorizes in this article that Valve are the best placed game publisher to capitalize on the next decade of gaming, suggesting they may end up being in a position to buy industry giant EA.
"To put it another way, last year EA lost money, but Valve made money – lots of money. The finances of this secretive company aren't freely available on the web, but proof of its influence is. Yes, games like Team Fortress 2 and Portal have earned tremendous goodwill, and yes, the Source engine is one of the finest middleware options available. But the money train stops at a station called 'Steam.'"