Microsoft confirms that former Valve member Jason Holtman has left company

Thursday, 13th February 2014 08:59 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Jason Holtman has left Microsoft after less than six months in his role as ambassador for PC gaming, dashing hopes that the veteran could bring some of the same energy to Windows as he did to Steam.


UPDATE: Following recent rumours, Microsoft has confirmed to Polygon that Holtman has indeed left the company.

In a short statement, Microsoft said, “We can confirm that Jason has left Microsoft and we’re grateful for his time at the company. We wish him the best in his future endeavours.”

ORIGINAL STORY: Holtman’s LinkedIn profile shows that he left Microsoft in January, approximately five months after taking up the position in August.

Microsoft is yet to issue any comment on the matter.

While at Valve, Holtman was personally responsible for bringing many third-party products to the then-fledgling digital distribution service. He was therefore key to its success, and in many ways responsible for the convenient digital era we enjoy as gamers in today.

The former lawyer said his ambition at Microsoft was to make “Windows a great platform for gaming and interactive entertainment,” something PC gamers would certainly welcome.

“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,” he said at the time.

Holtman was one of a number of respected employees who left Valve in a still-mysterious mass exodus.

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  1. pukem0n

    it’s funny how you stopped spamming on this site by crippling the comment section ^^

    #1 11 months ago
  2. TheWulf

    Interesting. I guess Microsoft just wasn’t a tolerable work environment, especially when compared to Valve. Not that that’s too surprising. What’s surprising is that he actually tried in the first place. Microsoft is beyond hope, these days.

    #2 11 months ago
  3. DuckOfDestiny

    He probably walked in, saw the state of MS’ PC gaming division and though, “Fuck that.”

    #3 11 months ago
  4. The_Red

    Makes sense. It’s hard for many big companies to fully understand the new and cheaper market. For them, it’s either 60 bucks upfront or full free2play. I mean I got Alan Wake + DLC + American Nightmare for 4 bucks on Steam.

    MS and other companies won’t understand OR allow such pricing madness unless they are going under like THQ.

    #4 11 months ago
  5. TheWulf

    Sigh. I hadn’t considered that console owners might take my comment as a snipe at the XBox. It wasn’t.

    I was talking about how they’re ignoring the complaints being levelled at Windows 8.

    #5 10 months ago

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