Jason Holtman was the head of Valve's PC game distribution platform, Steam, but he left last February and later accepted a position with Microsoft. A little over six months after accepting the job with Microsoft, Holtman has left the company.

We reached out to Microsoft for confirmation after there was a change in Holtman's LinkedIn profile and it offered the following statement: "We can confirm that Jason has left Microsoft and we're grateful for his time at the company. We wish him the best in his future endeavors."

Holtman worked with Valve and the Steam platform for eight years before leaving last year. His previous position involved fostering relationships with the developers who produced content for Steam. At Microsoft he was head of of PC gaming and entertainment strategy.

[Source: LinkedIn, via Neowin, Joystiq]


Our Take
Holtman's departure seems like a big loss for Microsoft. Details about his departure remain mysterious. I imagine working for Valve – a company with no corporate structure – to Microsoft – one that likely has a strict corporate structure – must have been a difficult transition, but it's unclear if that played any role in his departure.