Microsoft's PC gaming and entertainment division chief splits after less than six months

By on February 13, 2014, 2:30 PM
microsoft, valve, steam, gaming, jason holtman

Microsoft hired Jason Holtman, Valve’s former director of business development, last summer to run the Redmond-based company’s PC gaming and entertainment division. Talk at the time suggested this was just the boost that Microsoft needed to revive interest in PC gaming but apparently that relationship was short-lived.

It was recently discovered that Holtman is no longer working at Microsoft. According to his LinkedIn page, he left the company last month. The departure was also posted to his Facebook page and has since been confirmed by a Microsoft spokesperson. The rep said Microsoft was grateful for his time at the company but didn’t offer any explanation as to why he split after less than six months on the job.

What’s more, it’s unclear at this hour if the company has already hired a replacement, promoted an existing employee to fill the spot or eliminated the position altogether.

In a bit of related news, PC gaming site Rock, Paper, Shotgun recently posted an interview with Microsoft creative director Ken Lobb. In it, Lobb said Microsoft is still very dedicated to the PC gaming space and they have more support internally to support the PC side of things. The departure of Holtman, however, wasn’t mentioned and could very well delay those plans.

Holtman worked with Valve for more than seven years and was instrumental in opening the Steam game download service to publishers and third-party developers.

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4 people like this | wastedkill said:

He probably saw their roadmap and business practices and said "Are you F@*($^G kidding me... You guys arent doing a single thing to make pc gaming better your trying to make the console better but not the pc, cya I am going" Wouldnt have blamed him either.

3 people like this | 9Nails, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Microsoft's PC road map probably showed all PC gaming replaced by Xbox One.

They killed Games for Windows. The Windows 8+ OS don't have a gaming Experience Index in plain sight any longer. And you can't use an Xbox One controller on the PC, instead Microsoft suggests the Xbox 360. Yeah, dead end job.

1 person liked this | TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

100% agree with wastedkill and 9Nails assessment. After he got behind Microsoft's closed doors and saw what their game plan was (pun intended), I'm sure he said, "no frickin' way," and beat feet for the nearest door. I think it's a stretch of anyone's imagination to believe that MS is even remotely interested in PC gaming with all they have invested in XBox One.

H3llion H3llion, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Linux, our savior (or Steam OS that is). It seems they saw the "market gap" and they are developing for it. Microsoft needs to "die" ... It's desktop market is becoming just atrocious.

TS-56336 TS-56336 said:

Microsoft hasn't catered to PC gaming in a decade. If he was coming from a PC Gaming orientated company, then I assume that he didn't like the way Microsoft ran the department.

hahahanoobs hahahanoobs said:

^All speculation. I'll wait for the official word before I start lighting torches.

Guest said:

I want Age of Empires 4 :)

Guest said:

Completely agree with everyone above...MS has no intention of doing anything except killing any possible remnants of PC gaming. Jason Holtman saw this after getting on the inside and was like..."No Fing Way!"

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