Microsoft’s New PC Gaming Boss Has Left
As Games for Windows Live continues its death throes, Microsoft’s future in PC gaming is very much in question.
Roughly six months ago, it appeared that MS had a plan. Or at least they hired a man with a plan, former Valve Director of Business Development Jason Holtman. Specifically, Holtman joined Microsoft to, as he told GamesIndustry, help make “Windows a great platform for gaming and interactive entertainment.”
Neowin directs us to Holtman’s LinkedIn profile, which indicates that endeavor ended abruptly in January when he left his role as PC Gaming and Entertainment Strategy chief at Microsoft. Microsoft has since confirmed the departure, but it continues to stick to its PC gaming guns.
In a recent interview with Rock Paper Shotgun, Microsoft Studios Creative Director Ken Lobb suggested MS is gearing up for a new push in PC gaming:
“Now we’re one [unified] Microsoft. I don’t see this as pressure. I see it as an opportunity. We have more support internally to support PC more. 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.”
So Microsoft is “really going after PC” but it no longer has the man it hired to lead the charge.