Microsoft grabs Valve's former Steam boss to lead PC gaming division
Microsoft has recently hired Valve's Jason Holtman as director of business development for the PC gaming and entertainment division, signalling that the company wants to shake things up in the PC gaming industry.
Holtman spearheaded Valve's Steam service, which is one of the primary sources for downloadable PC games and third-party games. Holtman left Valve in February but he recently updated his LinkedIn profile to show off his new position at Microsoft.
Gamesindustry International on Wednesday published the following statement from Holtman: "Yes, I have joined Microsoft where I will be focusing on making Windows a great platform for gaming and interactive entertainment. 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."
It looks like Holtman plans to tap his developer-relations experience while helping Microsoft forge a new strategy for PC games. That said, with Microsoft constantly backpedaling with the Xbox One, the company certainly needs someone to help make a bigger, better impact. The possibilities are endless, really.