• Jason Holtman, once at valve is now hired by Microsoft to work on pc gaming and entertainment
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[url]http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2013-08-14-former-steam-boss-lands-at-microsoft[/url] [quote]Jason Holtman, who spearheaded Valve's Steam business for eight years before leaving the company in February, has a new job. The former lawyer has taken a job with Microsoft, with a focus on PC gaming and entertainment strategy. Because he has just started at the position, Holtman declined an interview request, but confirmed the move. "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."[/quote] It's pretty speculative in exactly what he'll be working on, but his past work with valve might set windows on a really good path. his past work mentioned in the article. [quote]A skilled dealmaker, Holtman is largely credited with convincing third party publishers such as EA, Activision and more to sell their games directly on Steam - as well as recruiting many smaller companies who might otherwise have vanished by now. He's also credited with steering Steam through the DRM controversies it encountered and calming publisher fears that the annual Steam Summer and holiday sales would devalue their intellectual properties.[/quote]
Whats with all the employees leaving valve and turning up at other places recently? It seems to be happening all the time.
They gotta keep stacking that skrilla
Soon: Trading cards for Xbox Live
[QUOTE='[sluggo];41842314']Whats with all the employees leaving valve and turning up at other places recently? It seems to be happening all the time.[/QUOTE] something goes up in those offices we will never know about
[QUOTE='[sluggo];41842314']Whats with all the employees leaving valve and turning up at other places recently? It seems to be happening all the time.[/QUOTE] Well, generally, when people leave one job they try to find another one afterwards.
[QUOTE='[sluggo];41842314']Whats with all the employees leaving valve and turning up at other places recently? It seems to be happening all the time.[/QUOTE] The purge was in February, the closing of the San Fran studio was probably a coincidence. The people who I know who were fired got jobs or started a company already. Elan Ruskin for instance is a senor programmer now at Insomniac Games who was also fired months ago.
He was part of the steam division, I'd wager they want him to do something related to the Windows 8 appstore.
I have a feeling it's going to be another games client to compete with Steam and Origin.
[QUOTE=redBadger;41842480]I have a feeling it's going to be another games client to compete with Steam and Origin.[/QUOTE] i doubt microsoft would want to drive valve further away from windows
[QUOTE=latin_geek;41842472]He was part of the steam division, I'd wager they want him to do something related to the Windows 8 appstore.[/QUOTE] [QUOTE=redBadger;41842480]I have a feeling it's going to be another games client to compete with Steam and Origin.[/QUOTE] There is a push for microsoft to merge all their OS into one platform so if they do that then in the future windows phone would be the same app store for the pc and console.
Halo 3 PC confirmed.
And Valve was started by ex-Microsoft employees. [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwSKkKrUzUk[/media]
It's amazing how shit GFWL is given it's from the creators of Windows itself. Maybe now it'll be a legitimate contender.
[QUOTE=latin_geek;41842472]He was part of the steam division, I'd wager they want him to do something related to the Windows 8 appstore.[/QUOTE] windows 8 app store confirmed for becoming laggy and slow
[QUOTE=meppers;41842667]windows 8 app store confirmed for becoming laggy and slow[/QUOTE] wait you mean it isn't already?
[QUOTE=Scot;41842635]It's amazing how shit GFWL is given it's from the creators of Windows itself. Maybe now it'll be a legitimate contender.[/QUOTE] Beat me to it. Hopefully they either stay out of that market entirely, or scrap it and start from a blank slate.
[QUOTE=redBadger;41842480]I have a feeling it's going to be another games client to compete with Steam and Origin.[/QUOTE] I doubt it. Competing with steam on Pc rather than working together would alongside the reputation of the xbox one probably be marketing suicide. Not everybody wants to have more than one game service installed on their computer, so Microsoft could end up losing a lot of customers bacause of people not being interested in a third option to origin and steam
It's usually not so dramatic as it seems. For me it seems he went to work on a new project since Steam is a pretty solid product without many challenges left.
[QUOTE=Simski;41844725]I doubt it. Competing with steam on Pc rather than working together would alongside the reputation of the xbox one probably be marketing suicide. Not everybody wants to have more than one game service installed on their computer, so Microsoft could end up losing a lot of customers bacause of people not being interested in a third option to origin and steam[/QUOTE] It's too early to tell, but businesses have always tried to move in and eliminate competition. Jason helped put valve on the map and at the center of digital game sales, now he's working at a place where Gabe Newell has said in the past win 8 is catastrophic. It really is too soon to tell unless one has insider info, Jason could pave way for something or nothing happens. What Microsoft has is a card they've wanted and that company can play it against or for mutual benefit with valve. If Microsoft does take on steam and do a good job, steam will still be fine.
In general I think this is a good thing, Microsoft could really benefit from some Valve influence particularly on their marketing strategies and customer relationship with their games.
[QUOTE=Scot;41842635]It's amazing how shit GFWL is given it's from the creators of Windows itself. Maybe now it'll be a legitimate contender.[/QUOTE] Nope, Microsoft said they will be abandoning GFWL, Wouldn't matter if they made it a decent contender alongside origin, steam, desura, etc. People will still hate it and avoid using it because of its rep.
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