Things Are Getting Steamy At Microsoft
Whatever you’re thinking of, you’re wrong. This is a news piece about Valve, Steam and Microsoft. Unfortunately. I would’ve loved to bring you the details of a sex scandal from inside Microsoft where the key piece of evidence was caught on camera by a Kinect.
This seems to be the gaming industry transfer period with Oculus VR signing John Carmack and some other people going to work at various places. I have a bad memory, okay. The latest is Jason Holtman who has been picked up by Microsoft. Holtman is a former lawyer who spent 8 years at Valve driving Steam onward and upwards.
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Holtman told GamesIndustry International that he will be “focusing on making Windows a great platform for gaming and interactive entertainment”.
Holtman was in the position to speak on behalf of Valve at events so there’s certainly more than a few questions surrounding his departure but he’s eager to do some good at Microsoft.
“I think there is a lot of opportunity for Microsoft to deliver the games and entertainment customers want and to work with developers to make that happen, so I’m excited to be here,” he added.
What expertise will he bring to Xbox Live? Interestingly, Holtman couldn’t have chosen a more apt company to work for given Valve CEO Gabe Newell’s public dislike for Windows 8; calling it “a total catastrophe.”
Regardless, Holtman might have nothing to do with XBL and more to do with bolstering Microsoft’s questionable support for PC gaming.