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Microsoft confirms departure of PC games evangelist Jason Holtman
Microsoft confirms departure of PC games evangelist Jason Holtman
February 12, 2014 | By Alex Wawro

February 12, 2014 | By Alex Wawro
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Newsbrief: Jason Holtman has left Microsoft roughly six months after being hired by the company to make Windows a better platform for PC gaming and entertainment.

“We can confirm that Jason has left Microsoft and we’re grateful for his time at the company," stated a Microsoft representative when pressed for comment. "We wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

Holtman was brought on expressly to make Windows a better place to play games -- "I will be focusing on making Windows a great platform for gaming and interactive entertainment," is what Holtman said when he joined Microsoft.

Before his brief stint at Microsoft, Holtman worked at Valve for nearly eight years, where he handled Steam content licensing and served as a key point of contact for developers.



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SD Marlow
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So, the hired him because they wanted some fresh ideas and perspective on PC gaming, but after a few months, basically said, "yeah, we're going to have to ask you to leave now." Way to try something new, Microsoft.

Really though, he probably saw they were not going to budge on anything he was proposing, and hopefully gave them the finger on the way out the door.

Bob Johnson
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He probably found out MS doesn't care about pcgaming because they want you to buy a pc and an xbox. ;)

Tommy Hanusa
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Really everything is just speculation at this point; If he wishes to comment he will do so. Personally I'm interested to hear what he has to say and if he is willing to compare the two workplaces on their respective merits. However I understand if he is busy.

Kujel s
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The speculation may or may not be accurate but I'm with you on that I'd like to hear from him to know for sure what his motives were.

TC Weidner
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Thats stinks, especially if you picked up moved your whole family and life to somewhere, and then have it not work out.

Michael Joseph
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Kirkland and Redmond are neighboring cities. Gabe Newell was one of the "Microsoft Millionaires" before he founded Valve.

Ordani Briton
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What more proof do you need that MS is not wanting to
support PC gaming. They have been promising this for close to a decade now.

They were caught using PCs in their Xbox One demo section at E3 2013
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heath willmann
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Since he had a key role in steam I saw this as Microsoft trying to pull in developers to windows live. When windows live did not meet their expectations it was closed. His role was no longer needed in that and he probably didn't like the choices going forward with them.

Chad Wagner
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Oh that hurts.

I was hoping that he would lend his Steam know-how in support of making the Windows Store another premier digital store! At present, I find the Windows Store terrible. I want to like it as a Windows 8.1 user, but it just stinks. Bad visibility, no interesting events, nothing to bring anything to my attention, no good way to "shop."

I find content on the Windows Store by finding it on the Apple App Store - then manually searching for the title in the Windows Store. This helps me notice that the prices are higher in the Windows Store for the same content! Steam is constantly interesting me in new content I would never have seen - drawing me in to their content and social environment even! Where is Microsoft's commitment to compete here?

This is awfully discouraging to me as a user AND as a developer! I desperately want to be interested in content - but the Windows Store is getting in my way! How will anyone be attracted to my content?

Kujel s
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I've never used the Windows store, is it really that bad cuase if so WTF MS?

Troy Walker
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in a company the size of MS, I hardly see being able to do much at all within 6 months.. perhaps expectations where unreal.


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