Former Steam exec joins Microsoft

Valve veteran Jason Holtman to work on "making Windows a great platform for gaming"; has been leading digital distribution platform for eight years.

Former Valve veteran and Steam key figure Jason Holtman will now be working at Microsoft.

According to a report on Games Industry International, his new position will focus on PC gaming and entertainment strategies. "I have joined Microsoft where I will be focusing on making Windows a great platform for gaming and interactive entertainment," he stated.

Previously, Holtman did not comment on his departure from Valve last February. His achievements during his time in Valve include convincing third-party publishers like EA and Activision to sell their games on Steam.

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epichotcheese
epichotcheese

Worst career decision ever. He will regret it in a few months.

pspearman
pspearman

I wouldn't call getting EA to sell their games on Steam an achievement considering EA promptly withdrew their games and went Origin only

davifernandes
davifernandes

if this dude get in there and drop GFWL for good, it will be a victory.

Daian
Daian

Well somebody had a pile of money thrown at them.

cainetao11
cainetao11

Pretty good acquisition. Time will tell

Karjah
Karjah

Hey if he can make windows better for gamers have at it man.  Still I have my doubts after the disaster of windows 8.  Getting games to work on windows 8 is like trying to pull teeth with an 8 year old.