Microsoft picks up someone who knows a bit about PC gaming

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Jason Holtman, former head of Valve’s Steam service, has taken a position at Microsoft. According to GamesIndustry International, the position is one that could have a positive impact on Microsoft’s PC gaming efforts.

“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.”

Holtman was with Valve for eight years, during which time he was credited with growing Steam into the juggernaut it is today. He was the driving force behind the service courting first big publishers, then indies, and he provided leadership throughout his tenure. Holtman reportedly left Valve in February of his own volition during the company’s mysterious culling of employees.