On Monday, we reported that Apple CEO Tim Cook had been spotted visiting the headquarters of Valve, the company behind Steam and popular Mac games such as Half-Life and Portal. It has now emerged that the sighting had been completely fabricated.

Kotaku reports that in an interview with Seven Day Cooldown, Valve’s Gabe Newell said that the meeting never happened, but he wishes it did.

“We actually, we all sent an email 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 rumours that was stated so factually that we were actually confused,” Newell said in the interview.

“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,” Newell concluded.

When it was reported that Apple had visited Valve, it led to speculation that Apple could be working on an Apple-branded game console with an interface that uses motion and control touch.

Joy of Tech has posted a fun comic illustration to show what it thinks was the reason behind Cook’s rumoured visit to Valve.