Ever since finding massive success with the Xbox 360, Microsoft has given Windows gaming as much focus as a four year old would to a book of theoretical physics. Even when Microsoft has tried to work on Windows gaming, it has done so half-heartedly, birthing well-meaning failures like Games Explorer on Windows 7 and pure, unadulterated rubbish like Games for Windows Live. Just when PC Gamers everywhere had almost given up on Microsoft doing anything for Windows gaming, a bunch of recent developments have made us stop and take notice and very warily draw the conclusion that Microsoft may just have some new stuff planned for PC gamers.
So, what are these developments that may just make Microsoft a good guy (or at least not the worst villain ever) in the eyes of PC gamers?
Microsoft hires an ex-Steam executive to focus on PC Gaming
Okay, I may be jumping the gun here, but the fact that Microsoft hired Jason Holtman, the former head of business development at Valve this week, seems like a pretty big deal for Windows gaming. In his words, Holtman was hired to focus on “making Windows a great platform for gaming and interactive entertainment.” At his job with Valve, Holtman was responsible for liaising with game studios and developers, bringing their games to Steam and looking after digital sales, which means he was an important factor in Steam’s success.
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