Valve and Apple did not have a sitdown, despite recent reports to the contrary. Gabe Newell confirmed as much in a new interview for the just-released Seven Day Cooldown podcast (via Kotaku). Reports emerged on April 14, 2012 that Cook had been spotted at Valve HQ in Bellevue, Washington. But that's just not the case, Newell revealed.
Here's his statement on the matter in full:
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.