Former Steam boss quietly exits Microsoft after six months [Update: Microsoft responds]

Jason Holtman has seemingly left Microsoft less than six months after he was hired to head up the company's renewed PC gaming initiative.

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Ghost_of_Tsushima1438d ago (Edited 1438d ago )

That didn't take long. I wonder why he left so quick? Lol

1OddWorld1437d ago (Edited 1437d ago )

I lol every time he hits the guy in the chin with the burger. You get a funny bubble.

xHeavYx1437d ago (Edited 1437d ago )

Maybe he was ejected and this happened

hellzsupernova1437d ago

Probably because Microsoft is pushing support behind the Xbox one and all of his suggestions got shot down, that's what I imagine happened. Just like black tusk they are a dream team tasked with creating the next halo like franchise then get told they have to work on gears.

Prime1571437d ago

Yeah, that's been a commonality over the 20 years of computers I've been around with Microsoft. Always glad to see someone else say that too.

I felt sorry for black tusk, I feel like Jason left in frustration, or was forced out by having "outlandish" ideas.

mhunterjr1437d ago (Edited 1437d ago )

Or maybe it was personal reasons...

How is it 'probable' that he was underutilized or ignored. He literally could have left for any number of reasons.

PS, how do you know black tusk isn't excited about doing Gears? I'm not saying you can't be right, but you're working on too little information to jump to conclusions.

hellzsupernova1437d ago

@mhunterjr ok say you are given a blank check and told you are aloud to create whatever you want, how excited would you be? Then the same guy comes around and takes it all away from you! How would that make you feel? Watch the Kyle bosman video on game trailers he sums it up perfectly.

And on topic of the pc side, how many great franchises do Microsoft have just sitting their, flight simulator, age of empires, age of mythology their great old pc franchises that are begging to be done again. It's frustrating to me that I can't see a new age of empires game on the horizon I loved that series growing up, they shut the studio down after creating halo wars which was the best rts on a console ever, the flight simulator games which they stopped making especially the combat ones. Microsoft could've been a power house in the pc game sector instead they focused on the halo, cod, gears of aware crowd

SilentNegotiator1437d ago (Edited 1437d ago )

Either that or MS cut it's PC gaming initiative budget from $3 to 3 cents.

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MightyNoX1437d ago

Probably because he discovered Microsoft was nothing like Steam. Ohhhh snap!

DeadlyFire1437d ago

Microsoft says oh Valve will release Steam OS and keep people playing PC games. We have no need to worry about that. Noone will abandon windows. They will just dual boot.

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XiSasukeUchiha1438d ago

Damn that was quick why MS?

porkChop1437d ago

Well he was heading up their PC gaming sector, and knowing Microsoft they probably weren't planning much there. Microsoft has been saying for years that they're going to start supporting the PC better, and that the games are coming. It's been years now, and the games never came.

CaulkSlap1437d ago

If anything they've actively sabotaged PC gaming.

pompombrum1437d ago

After the games for windows fiasco, I sure won't lose any sleep if Microsoft decide to stop supporting PC gaming better.

Agent_hitman1437d ago

Whoa what happened?, I used to think that salary in MS is good, MS pays good.

Prime1571437d ago (Edited 1437d ago )

Just because you get paid money doesn't mean the people up the ladder from you respect and listen to you.

My guess is that he got tired of bureaucratic games being played, partially why I don't care for ms is because it seems as if there is a false sense of caring from the higher ups. Their business algorithms interfere with a progressive mind.

Hellzsupernova said, " Just like black tusk they are a dream team tasked with creating the next halo like franchise then get told they have to work on gears."

And that's a prime example of what I mean.

Microsoft's mission statement sounds like it's a mantra of, "don't inspire or create, only own intellectual property and control what can. Oh, and market."

Dehnus1437d ago

Although the "Tech demo" looked a lot more interesting than Gears of War, I must stop you here.

It is not KNOWN that they made anything more than a Tech Demo. So it isn't an example, it is a rumour. Until sources get out that they are angry that the have to work on Gears of War, than it is an example of MS her love for the Brogamer crowd.

Which btw I also agree with you probably happened, as it is the reason why the 360 later in life sucked so much. Man... one shooter after the other... crapfest.

hellzsupernova1437d ago

Is money worth losing your dreams over?

AKissFromDaddy1437d ago

Damn....six months is very short time. Can't even celebrate one birthday or use any paid vacation days.

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