Valve veteran leaves to join Microsoft, will push for Windows gaming

Jason Holtman

By on August 15, 2013 at 11:57 am

It looks like Microsoft may not be abandoning the PC gaming ship just yet, as they’ve poached one of the major behind-the-scenes players at Valve: little-known but long-serving Jason Holtman.

While Holtman isn’t a big public figure for the company like Gabe Newell or Robin Walker, he’s served with Valve for the past eight years and has been the primary point of contact in getting major developers onto the platform.

Now he’s set to take that drive to Microsoft, where he will reportedly 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,” said Holtman, “and to work with developers to make that happen, so I’m excited to be here.”

His exact role at the company has not been revealed, but his hiring strongly suggests that Microsoft aren’t keen to put all their eggs in one constantly-backflipping basket.

Source: GamesIndustry

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He’s probably going to be working on the (dead) GFWL platform.


He’s probably going to be working on the (dead) GFWL platform.

It’s still painfully alive and ironically, doesn’t work with windows 8 90% of the time.



Seems to be dead in terms of future games using it. WB isn’t using it for Arkham Origins from what I can tell and they were one of the last holdouts for it (along with Capcom who ditched it a while back) as they used it for Arkham City.

EDIT: Forgot about Dark Souls. I don’t think the devs/publisher are going to make that mistake again with Dark Souls 2.


One game I have won’t let me login to gfwl until I update it through the service, an update that causes the game to crash 30 minutes or so into it. Terrible system.


spooler: It’s still painfully alive and ironically, doesn’t work 90% of the time.

But seriously, GFWL isn’t that bad, I played thousands of hours of Halo 2, dealing with GFWL everyday.
Hoping the rumours of Halo’s coming to Steam are true, I miss Halo.



I didn’t hate it too much untill windows 8 in which don’t even bother i love windows 8 but GFWL just doesn’t work with it most of the time


Maybe some better Steam integration for Windows 8? Since Gaben’s being a dick about it?


Maybe some better Steam integration for Windows 8? Since Gaben’s being a dick about it?

What’s wrong with the steam integration for windows 8 ? O_o

Works wonderfully for me :S


sounds like he did something wrong in the valve workshop and is trying to get out before they find out what he did


can we please stop calling games games, and call them what they are. Interactive Digital Entertainment. AKA IDEs. If we start doing that, then people mite not think of them as things just for kids. Well… maybe…



you’re joking right ? lol


He’ll probably end up in a dark cubicle working on the next version of Minesweeper.

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