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Jason Holtman of Steam Joins Microsoft

Aug 15 2013, 7:46am CDT | by , in News | Misc

Jason Holtman of Steam Joins Microsoft
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Since the past decade or so Jason Holtman had garnered fame as the mind behind Steam and other PC games from the Valve platform. Now he is joining Microsoft and will be concentrating on enhancing the Windows gaming features of the tech giant.

The Windows gaming system will definitely get a boost from Jason Holtman’s arrival at Microsoft. The newcomer had been the main man at Valve since the past eight years or so. He had taken the initiative for Steam and created a virtual plethora of video games. He acknowledged the fact that he planned on taking Windows to the next level. Jason also expressed his keen enthusiasm at taking on the challenging job. He had left Valve about six months ago along with about two dozen other employees. Microsoft meanwhile has been negligent of its gaming prowess in recent years. Instead, it has been obsessed with the Xbox phenomenon. And the few attempts it made went awry.

However, with the Windows 8 experience which features an intrinsic games store as well as spanking new games that will be available on PC, Microsoft is ready to rumble. With Holtman on board, it won’t be playing second fiddle to Valve anymore. Microsoft has just acquired some serious talent that will see to it that its entertainment sector undergoes expansion. This new man’s sharp skills will help Microsoft immensely. While Jason Holtman didn’t give any interview, he issued a statement that shows his sincere stance on doing all he can for Microsoft.

Holtman told Gamesindustry International  about his new position in Microsoft. He said, "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."

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