Microsoft Hires Former Steam Business Director to Focus on PC Gaming

Microsoft is looking to focus on PC gaming by bringing in Valve Experience.

Back in February, Jason Holtman, the lawyer and business director who previously led Valve's Steam business for the past eight years was let go.

His high-profile departure was part of a series of group lay offs by Valve that saw 25 others leave the company. Included was Jeri Ellsworth, a big name in Valve's development of  hardware and controller prototypes, who stated that the lay off was sudden and unexpected.

Microsoft capitalized on the opportunity, and recently scooped up Jason. He confirmed that within Microsoft, his duties would change to focus on PC gaming and entertainment strategy.

"Yes, I have joined Microsoft where I will be focusing on making Windows a great platform for gaming and interactive entertainment," he said. "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."

With the upcoming release of the Xbox One, Microsoft has put less emphasis on their PC gaming, instead opting to focus on their consoles. With Jason joining the team, it could signal a preparation to realign priorities after the release.

While Jason's name and reputation is big in the gaming world, Microsoft's PC offerings are quite the opposite. Hopefully he will be able to breathe new life into it with his vast array of experience working with Valve.

Published Aug. 15th 2013
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  • Pierre Fouquet
    Associate Editor
    So does this mean Gears of War 1 2 and 3 in a boxset for Steam? (I know Gears 1 is on PC but the port is horrible, redo it!) Also, Halo: CE Aniv, Halo 2 HD, Halo 3 ect ect on PC? PLEASE PLEASE!!
  • Rothalack
    Master O' Bugs
    I've been using Windows to play games since Windows 95. I find it to be a spectacular platform for gaming, so to have someone of this caliber come in and try to make it even more spectacular? Man, I'm excited for the next Windows OS.

    Windows 8 is terrible, but so was Vista, which was implemented correctly with 7. So hopefully the next OS will take the good ideas of 8 and implement correctly, now with some emphasis on gaming. Bright future :)
  • Pierre Fouquet
    Associate Editor
    Windows 8 has good ideas? I literally cannot name one. It is a pathetic pile of OS poopoo. Windows 8.1 will be a good version of 8, and probably (well it is) very similar to 7.
    Vista had good ideas. Changing the layout, and folder names (instead of Documents and Settings, which is long, it's just Users, Documents, very simple), and AppData, very simple and short. I also liked the interface, yep, that was nice. The way you use Vista was nice, shame the actual using of it was impossible because it was always breaking. Which is like 8, but, it is not nice to use, even when it works.

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