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Microsoft confirms Holtman departure

By Rachel Weber

Microsoft confirms Holtman departure

Thu 13 Feb 2014 8:31am GMT / 3:31am EST / 12:31am PST

Valve's former head of business development leaves new role after 6 months

Jason Holtman has left his role overseeing PC gaming and entertainment strategy at Microsoft after just six months.

"We can confirm that Jason has left Microsoft and we're grateful for his time at the company," Microsoft told Polygon.

"We wish him the best in his future endeavours."

Holtman was the director of business development for Valve for almost eight years, before leaving in February 2013.

In August 2013 he joined Microsoft, where he hoped to use his Steam experience to make the Windows OS a better experience for gamers.

"Yes, I have joined Microsoft where I will be focusing on making Windows a great platform for gaming and interactive entertainment," he said.

"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."

Holtman has yet to comment publicly on the move.

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Taken from Rock/paper/shotgun interview with Ken Lobb: "That’s great! My only expectation would be, please let us continue to do that over a five-year period so we can have real impact. That’s how it feels right now. We’re getting very strong support internally. So we’re really going after PC."

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After six months you can discover if the choices that you have made are the correct ones. It can answer, "was this company really a good fit for my core goals, or were the underlying strategies and means to accomplish said goals not within my purview? Did I have the support of those on my team, or did my team's mindset not mesh with my own? Did the upper echelon change our engine of motivation, making our solutions unworkable?" If all of this proved to align with his departure, I understand and also wish him well. Change can come at the cost of losing talent, vision, and the people whom you thought you were doing this for.

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